In case you missed it, there are some people out there proving that chauvinism is alive well in the 21st century. Russian tennis chief Shamil Tarpishchev seemed to have lost control of his good sense when he called Venus and Serena Williams the “Williams brothers” on a Russian talk show. He has since apologized for his comments, in which he also said the game’s most iconic figures were “scary to look at.” Tarpischev was fined $25,000 and suspended for a year despite his assertion that he had no malicious intentions.
Just a note, any time you compare women to men, especially in sports, it’s bound to be offensive. So this is a list—not just of women who do it just as well (or better) than men—but of women who are just downright badass. And it’s one thing to just be a badass, but these women absolutely dominate in their respective fields. Here’s our little ode to girl power. Because there’s nothing more we love than a woman who can kick ass.