Olympic weightlifter Sarah Robles is literally the strongest woman in America, but she is barely getting by — she lives on $400 a month — because she doesn’t have the backing of a major company. As a professional weightlifter, this 23-year-old can lift up to 568 pounds and beat out every other American, male and female, in the world championship rankings last year.
She may not be getting any sponsrship because weight-lifting isn't the "sexist" sport in the Olympics. Or maybe companies only want to sponsor female athletes whose bodies fit into what they’d like to package and sell as perfect.
Sarah: “You can get that sponsorship if you’re a super-built guy or a girl who looks good in a bikini, but not if you’re a girl who’s built like a guy.”
Nike recently launched their “Voices” campaign, which honors great female athletes like boxer Marlen Esparza, marathon runner Joan Benoit Samuelson, and WNBA players Lisa Leslie and Diana Taurasi. Women who run, box and play basketball. Why not a woman who lifts weights? Why isn’t Sarah Robles on their list?
So let's tell Nike to step up — give Sarah a living wage, and give girls all different types of role models to look up to. Tell them to sponsor Sarah Robles!
Here's the link to do so: SPONSOR SARAH