At my first XC meet as a freshman in high school I finished in the top five of our team. I couldn’t have been happier. I had trained hard and felt that I truly earned my place on the team. The next day at practice our coach gave a powerful speech shaming the rest of the team because I, a freshman girl, had done better than almost all of them. He yelled and said how embarrassed they should all be to have been beaten by a little girl. From that day on I ran only for myself.


Language Learning

On a study abroad with my university I was once asked by a male professor facilitating our program how I felt knowing that I would never be able to learn the language as well as my male classmates because I was a woman. Not only was this particular professor one of two males in charge of our group, but he held tremendous influence in our major’s department back in the States.