Rosie Mayglothling |

‘We are one race, the human race – we’re all the same and we are each unique’

In celebration of International Women’s Day on 8 March, Rosie Mayglothling talks to IOC Vice-President, Anita DeFrantz, a passionate advocate for equality and diversity

Named by Newsweek as one of the ‘150 Women Who Shake the World’, Anita DeFrantz’s contribution to sport and the Olympic Movement has been profound and inspirational since she was first elected an IOC member back in 1986.

In 1997, Anita was the first woman to be elected Vice-President of the IOC and she is also the first female Vice-President of World Rowing. As an athlete, she represented USA at the first women’s Olympic rowing regatta in 1976, winning a bronze medal in the women’s eight. 

A lawyer by profession, Anita has dedicated her life to bringing about equality in sports and is a passionate advocate for the positive influence that sport can have. Beyond sport, she also works tirelessly for social justice, setting up the Tubman Truth Corporation to help abolish modern slavery.

She says: “I strive to make sure that people have opportunity. From opportunity, magnificent things can arrive. But if you don’t have access to opportunity, everything stays the same.


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