This Record-Breaking Skier Served Up the Perfect Clap Back to Sexist Bros
Despite conquering an insane feat, 16-year-old Jade Hameister received a barrage of nasty responses from men telling her to "make me a sandwich."
Two years ago, Jade Hameister became the youngest person in history to ski 62 miles from the highest measurable latitude (88 degrees) to the North Pole. To share her record-breaking achievement, the then 14-year-old gave an incredibly inspirational TEDx Talk about her journey. But after the video of her speech went up on YouTube, men commented and told her to "make me a sandwich." Really, dudes?
Now, almost two years later, Hameister has something to say to those nasty bros. Just a few weeks ago, she completed a 373-mile, 37-day journey to the South Pole, once again becoming the youngest person to do this distance. And upon arriving at her destination, she took a picture of herself holding a sandwich and posted it on her Facebook. (Related: It's Time to Give Female Athletes the Respect They Deserve)
"I skied back to the Pole again…to take this photo for all those men who commented 'Make me a sandwich' on my TEDx Talk," she wrote in an accompanying post. "I made you a sandwich (ham & cheese), now ski 37 days and 600km to the South Pole and you can eat it."
Hameister later told CNN that the idea of taking a sandwich to the South Pole had been a running joke between her and her team (her dad and two cameramen), but the idea of actually posting it on social media was spur-of-the-moment. "The camp we were staying at was less than a (kilometer) away from the actual pole, so we were like, 'Let's just do it,'" she said to the news outlet. (Related: When Sexism Is Masked By a Compliment)
While it's unfortunate that sexist guys tried to diminish Hameister's accomplishments, it's pretty amazing to see her be a total badass and stand up for herself. Let her response empower you to stay strong and not GAF about what anyone else says about your goals.