By Jessie Guill
While there have been enormous strides made in regards to equality over the last 50 years, there are still numerous games and industries that are primarily geared towards men. Below we take a look at some women who have no only participate in games dominated by men, but have went on to excel at those games.
If you are a fan of the game of poker, then you have heard of Vanessa Selbst. Since 2006, Vanessa has taken the poker world by storm and has quickly become the top female player in the history of the game in regards to money earned in poker tournaments.
For her career, she has won over $7 Million in live poker tournaments, including two open field World Series of Poker bracelets. Her $7 Million in earnings not only puts her at the top of the female money list, but also 42nd on Poker’s All-Time Money List. If her poker skills were not impressive enough, Selbst graduated from Yale with a degree in Law.
Kia Stevens may not be recognized by her given name, but in the world of pro wrestling she is well known by her ring name of Awesome Kong. Stevens has been a female professional wrestler since around 2002 and while there are numerous women in pro wrestling, few have the size and power of Stevens.
Stevens under the names of Amazing Kong and Awesome Kong has held numerous titles including the WWWA World Heavyweight Title, the NWA World Women’s Title and the TNA Women’s Knockout Title.
Stevens was recruited by World Wrestling Entertainment in late 2010 and would debut in 2011 as Kharma. Her career with the company would be cut short due to pregnancy but not before becoming one of only three women to ever participate in the Royal Rumble where she proceeded to eliminate two opponents and knock out the current World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler.
Irina Krush is a 29 year old American chess player originally born in Russia who currently holds the title of International Master and Women’s Grandmaster. Irina became the youngest female in history to win the US Women’s Chess Championship when she won the title in 1998 at age 14. Since that time she has went on to win the title a total of four time and is the current defending champion.
Krush’s current FIDE ranking is 2470, putting her at 28th among active female chess players and the top US female player. In addition to her impressive ranking, Irina was a member to the US Women’s team at the 38th Chess Olympiad where her team would win a bronze medal.