There are more women taking part in this year’s Olympics than ever before, which means more moments to marvel at the sheer strength, speed and agility of the female body.
According to data for Rio 2016 from the International Olympics Committee (IOC), there are some 4,700 female athletes taking part (45% of the total number) and 145 women’s events. Both figures are unprecedented.
But despite these giant leaps forward, sexism is still rife. Whether it’s a BBC commentator likening a women’s judo match to a “cat fight” or referring to bronze medal winner Corey Cogdell-Unrein using her husband’s name rather than her own, it feels like we’re in 1956 not 2016.
To counter this we wanted to celebrate the incredible feats of women of this year’s Olympics, from Jessica Ennis-Hill to Simone Biles and everyone in between.
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Jessica Ennis (GBR) 30, HeptathlonDDP USA/REX/Shutterstock
Sarah Elizabeth Robles (USA) 28, Women’s +75kg WeightliftingDDP USA/REX/Shutterstock
Tania Cagnotto (ITA) 31, Women’s 3m SpringboardDDP USA/REX/Shutterstock
Taliqua Clancy (AUS) 24, VolleyballREUTERS
Simone Biles (USA), 19 GymnasticsReuters
Lisa Hahner (GER) and Anna Hahner (GER) 26, MarathonReuters
Yaniuska Espinosa (VEN) 29, Women’s +75kg WeightliftingReuters
Olga Rypakova (KAZ) 31, Triple JumpReuters
Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 27, Women’s 200m BackstrokeGetty Images
Cleopatra Borel (TTO) 37, Women’s Shot PutGetty Images
Garielle Douglas (USA) 20, GymnasticsReuters
Heather Miller-Koch (USA) 29, Women’s HeptathlonGetty Images
Cheong Jun Hoong (MAS) 26 and Pandelela Rinong (MAS) 23, 10-meter Platform DivingAP
Cyclists compete in the women’s road race near Fort Copacabana.AP
Zheng Wang (CHN) 28, HammerGetty Images
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (JAM) 29, 100mGetty Images
Antoinette Nana Djimou Ida (FRA) 31, HeptathlonGetty Images
Almaz Ayana (ETH) 24, 10,000 metersGetty Images
Laura Ikauniece-Admidina (LAT) 24, HeptathlonGetty Images
Kawanaka Kaori (JPN) 25, ArcheryGetty Images
Anita Alvarez (USA) 20 and Mariya Koroleva (USA) 26, Synchronised Swimming DuetGetty Images
Maya Moore (USA) 27, Women’s BasketballGetty Images
Fan Yilin (CHN) 16, GymnasticsReuters
Olga Kharlan (UKR) 25, Fencing SabreAFP/Getty Images
Gemma Tattersall (GBR) 31, Eventing Team Cross CountrySportsfile via Getty Images