Can you believe the 2012 Summer Olympics are over? Neither can we. We love the Olympics! This year was huge for girls and women. For the first time in the history of the Olympics, every team had a female athlete. Amazing.

In the U.S., China, and Japan, more women received medals than men.

It has been a major boost for gender equality across the globe.

Did you see all of the incredible, inspiring women competing in this year’s games?

Wojdan Shaherkani

The first Saudi Arabian woman to compete in the Olympics in Judo; she was given permission to wear her headscarf during competition

Photo courtesy of Darren Staples/Reuters

Habiba Ghribi

The first woman from Tunisia to win a medal in the Olympics; spurred debate about modesty and her right to wear “revealing” clothing (a tank top and running briefs)

Photo courtesy of Mac-Jordan D. Degadjor/Future Challenges

Rebecca Soni

Three-time Olympic medalist for swimming and a Girl Up champion; advocating for the world’s most marginalized girls

Photo Courtesy of Steve Politi/Star-Ledger

This is just to name a few of the many inspiring women.

As a result of women’s involvement in this year’s Olympics, “Restrictions are falling away, stereotypes are being turned on their head.” Each of these women stands as a symbol of freedom and equality. They are an inspiration to other girls and women around the world.

Read this great article on CNN: London 2012: The women’s olympics?

Another one of our favorites: A Giant Leap for Women, but Hurdles Remain

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