Celebrating Women’s History Month &
The Women Pioneers of Fitness and Wellness

In celebration of Women’s History Month 2021, Equalize Fitness would like to remind ourselves about the accomplishments of the trailblazing women throughout history who have led the way for both change and equality in medicine, sport, and exercise science.

As we honor these individuals, let us not forget the daily contributions of the women in our lives that are mothers, daughters, sisters, and unique individuals who have made strides towards creating equality in the workplace, propelling the civil rights movement, and building a community worth living in.

Present day, women hold over one-third (33%) of all Medical Doctorate (M.D.) Degrees in the United States and over 65% of all Physical Therapy (DPT) Degrees. As women become more educated than men(1) and the number of female doctors continues to increase (especially in that of women of color), the unique needs of each individual community are being served, represented, and treated accordingly for the first time in history.

However, over the course of the past year, the Coronavirus Pandemic has delayed most, if not all, social gatherings including sporting events, vacations, family gatherings, and even your annual doctor’s physical examination. From March 2020 to March 2021 there has been a sharp decline in the amount of annual physical checkups at doctor’s offices(2) as well as an overall decrease in the number of cancer screenings.

Less screenings do not equal less cancer; less screenings equals less cancer detected and treated through early intervention.

Now more than ever there is a specific call to action for all citizens, but especially for the women of our community – Get your annual physical, get your yearly cancer screening, and plan to get physically active.
We owe it to the great women pioneers of the past and present to stay on top of our health and keep up with our yearly cancer screenings.

We owe it to Doctor Elizabeth Blackwell, who was the first female M.D. in United States History, to get our annual physical.

We owe it to Mary McMillan , known as the “Founding Mother” of the American Physical Therapy Association, to get physically screened for movement dysfunction and range of motion limitations.

And yes, we even owe it to Jane Fonda who created the blueprint for digital fitness marketing and made leg warmers a lasting fashion icon. We owe it to Jane to get screened yearly for early cancer detection in addition to participating in daily physical activity.

Today, we are inspired by Lauren Ash. Lauren has repeatedly been recognized as a trailblazer in the contemporary wellness movement. Lauren is a visionary, spiritual teacher, engaging speaker and writer, and founder and CEO of the culture-shifting lifestyle brand synonymous with black women’s wellbeing—Black Girl In Om

As vaccine distribution continues to increase and we begin to safely reintroduce ourselves back into society – let’s look out for one another, let’s take advantage of the medical coverage available to us, and let’s focus on our collective health.

If you are inspired to begin your wellness journey, concerned about movement limitations, or how your body has been moving lately, your support team at Equalize Fitness are here to help. Our team of nationally certified personal trainers and exercise physiologists can identify many dysfunctional movement patterns that your body may display and prescribe an individualized exercise program that helps get you back to being physically active, free of movement limitations, and happy with your health!

(1) Bae, Et al., Trends in Educational Equity of Girls and Women, Education Statistics Quarterly Vol 2, Issue 2, Summer 2000.
(2) Ateev Mehrotra et al., “The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Outpatient Visits: A Rebound Emerges,”

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