OZY on the Badassest Women in the World
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE
Because there’s more to feminism than your posture … and it involves something like armbars and ambition.
The 5-foot-2-inch AnnMaria De Mars used to wake her daughter up for school in the morning by pulling an armbar on her — the daughter who became an undefeated Bantamweight Ultimate Fighting Championship belt holder, Ronda Rousey. Rough way to welcome a kid to the day? Well, if winning were going to be easy, everybody would win. Which is not at all how the real world works, really. But De Mars is a mom — one who’s nice, friendly and, uh, not so relaxed. When we catch her on a rare day off, what we want to know above anything else is this: What happens in the heads of folks for whom winning becomes a kind of addiction? It was something De Mars wondered herself when Ronda, an athlete just like her other three kids, announced that she wanted to be a champion, too. Just like her mom.
Badass doesn’t necessarily mean kicking down doors or even just breaking those tired old glass ceilings. It’s some combo of the two, all done while having seven kids, great hair and foaming at the mouth to be (maybe?) Germany’s next chancellor. For now, Ursula von der Leyen is sitting pretty in the post of defense minister. She’s Merkel’s most forward-looking female promotion to date, and the move is being heralded not just because she is the first woman in the role, but also because it may well signify Germany’s future.
That flash flying through the skies above Hollywood is probably your friendly neighborhood stuntwoman. From 5-foot-7, 125-pound stuntwoman Angela Meryl — who was thrown out of a 33-story window for NCIS, to Zee James, who just waltzed right up to a martial-arts actor in a fitness club and said, “I want to be a stuntwoman” (or something with relatively similar chutzpah) — OZY dove deep on the stuntwoman front. Just, eh, don’t call ’em ballsy. Let’s stick with badass.