“Try to think of strength as an aspect of humanity and not something that is gendered. (We) think a lot of women, even now, are limited in their pursuit of strength by our cultural identification with strength as “masculine” and weakness as “feminine.” But strength is no more masculine than speed, and (we) can’t imagine anyone anymore who believes that women should not run as fast as they can.”

Jan Todd

Pioneer Female Powerlifter

USAPL Hall of Famer

At the 1984 Women’s National Powerlifting Championships, Jan Todd set a world record in the deadlift of 463.5 pounds at a body weight of 163 pounds. She set world records in five different weight classes during her career.

A Special Thank You to Jon Grove for this addition to PrettySTRONG.

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