Women's sports may not be as popular as men's, but they've come a long way in terms of establishing equality. In the days back before the WNBA or even the LFL, many sports and careers in sports broadcasting were completely out of reach for women.
Thankfully, all that has changed.
For nearly every scholastic or collegiate men's sport offered, there is a female equivalent offered as well. The same holds true for international competitions like the Olympic Games.
The whole "separate but equal" thing works because, in terms of size and strength, most women can't compete with their male counterparts in a given sport.
Of course, there are exceptions to every rule.
Over the years there have been a number of trailblazing women who have bucked the system and dared to compete with the boys—all with varying degrees of success. Although it can't be an easy road for most of them, there's something to be said just for trying.
Today, it seems that more women than ever are giving it a go against the men. Some are following in the path of others that came before them, while others are forging their own paths and making history in the process.
Here are 20 great women, past and present, who have competed with men.