A few years ago, a colleague-friend suffered a major career defeat. She accepted it with grace, then almost immediately afterwards had the words “Nevertheless, she persisted” tattooed on her upper arm—a reference to the US Senate’s silencing of Elizabeth Warren during the Jeff Sessions confirmation debacle. Since then, the expression has become a North American feminist rallying cry. International Women’s Day is an ideal day to reflect on persistence. For my friend, it paid off with a better opportunity where she’s thriving. In fitness and wellness, progress builds gradually so persistence is crucial… but the rewards are great.

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