Every country has its female Paralympic heroes. My own is Australia's Louise Sauvage, who won nine Paralympic gold medals in wheelchair racing and is a legend in Australian sport. Yours might be Team USA's Christella Garcia, the only woman to compete in the entire judo category at the 2016 Paralympics, or Terezinha Guilhermina, a champion sprinter who trained with Usain Bolt. And these upcoming Paralympic Games in PyeongChang this March will doubtless bring new names into the spotlight for us to cheer on. But as we celebrate the feats of excellence that bring Paralympians to the podium, we also need to look at how the Paralympics themselves embrace feminist values, from the use of mixed-gender teams to female participation goals. If you need a boost in your belief in woman's equality in elite sports, PyeongChang in March is the place to look.
The PyeongChang Winter Paralympics will begin on Mar. 9, and they're already shaping up to be hugely exciting. The U.S. team is particularly hoping to take home gold in sled hockey, and is expected to bring its youngest ever alpine skiing team to PyeongChang. But as you watch these amazing athletes compete at the top level of sport in the world, notice the ways in which the organization is structured to create gender equity. Maybe the rest of the sporting world — or, heck, the world at large — will take notice.