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    Shows the "girls are weak/can't do it" mindset is nothing but a bunch of hooey.  

    My great grandparents on one side were farmers.  They didn't have the money to hire farm hands, but they did have 10 children, all of whom worked on the farm ... and all of whom were female.

    My mother was one of 4 children - also all girls. They were sent every spring and summer to work on their grandparents' farm.

    On the other side, my grandmother was an indentured servant washer-woman, who then went on to be an independent washer-woman ... before there were washers and dryers - which meant spending all day, every day (except Sundays) lifting hundreds of lbs of wet laundry from one tub to another.

    I personally spent a good chunk of my childhood working on a farm. I won a Presidential Fitness award in elementary school. I could have bench-pressed a riding mower at my peak strength. Using the weight machines at the high school, my weight setting for an easy 12-reps on the leg press was 350 lbs. I spent hours cleaning stalls, lugging hundreds of lbs of grain, water, hay, straw, and shavings every single day for years - rain, snow, sleet, hail, or sweltering heat, all so I could ride someone else's horse. And that was during my free time, when I wasn't doing gymnastics, skating, swimming, diving, weight lifting, or bicycling after school (don't ask about homework).

    Weak? The only weakness is in the minds of those who cannot recognize the female half of the species as equals.

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