London Olympics 2012 | theSkimm
2012 London OlympicsLeft: Ranomi Kromowidjojo (Netherlands), top right: Sarah Attar (Saudi Arabia), bottom right: Megan Rapinoe (USA). Source: Getty Images.

Who: The London 2012 Olympics

What: For the first time, every country that sent a delegation had at least one female athlete

Why: The Olympics said ‘seriously, take the hint’ and urged countries to send women to the games. Saudi Arabia, a country where women’s rights are very limited, sent two female athletes. And, the US had more female athletes than male ones.


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