How many people reading this have ever been rock climbing? *raises hand*
How many people here have ever been rock climbing, got halfway up, had their limbs start shaking and eventually give out right before they hurtled to the bottom on the matted floor? Just me? Fine.
I’m an American woman who is encouraged to try new things, including rock climbing or hiking. I can join gyms and climbing clubs. The sky's the limit, literally and figuratively. So imagine being actively discouraged to exercise or participate in sports. And then imagine conquering the highest mountain in the world anyway.
Raha Moharrak, who was born in Saudi Arabia, defied tradition and oppression by becoming the first Saudi woman to climb Mount Everest in 2013. She had to fight not only gravity, but also cultural limitations and even her family in order to train and eventually successfully scale the highest peak in the world. *slow clap*
Not only is Raha humble, she gets that all women are only successful when all of us are free to pursue and conquer whatever goals we set for ourselves.