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."

By Faith Brar

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.

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