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WATCH: Women Working to Break Barriers and Stereotypes, in Sport and Life

A powerful conversation about how much farther we can all go, both in running and life, when assumptions and stereotypes are ignored.

Salomon recently debuted a stunning and raw documentary titled Her Way, featuring three incredible women across the globe with the goal of empowering women everywhere to make their own life choices, despite what stereotypes they see.

The film beautifully illustrates how we all have the ability to be and achieve more if assumptions and stereotypes are ignored. (But don’t just take our word for it: You can watch the full 11-minute film here.)

The launch was part of the brand’s larger annual Salomon WMN campaign, which seeks to connect with the growing number of women who have a passion for the outdoors in a way that empowers and enables women to play outside.

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Three women featured in Salomon's Her Way documentary

In the film we get to meet three women on different inspiring journeys, including Utah local Melody Forsyth. To celebrate the inspiring debut, Forsyth joins us for a conversation alongside Lauren Fleshman and Women’s Running Editor-in-Chief Jen Ator about stereotypes, barriers, and how we can all do more to create an inclusive environment within running and the outdoors.

Read more about the panelists below.

Melody Buck Forsyth is a mother of four, a labor and delivery nurse, and a true caregiver at heart. In 2015, she gave birth to her daughter, Ruby, who was born with Down Syndrome. Despite “sometimes getting looks on the trail” because she might not fit the hiker stereotype, the outdoors has served as an escape for Melody and her family, where they connect and decompress.

Lauren Fleshman is the coach of Littlewing Athletics in Bend, Oregon and a former professional runner sponsored by Salomon and Oiselle. Fleshman is also the co-founder of Picky Bars, founded Wilder Running (a running and writing retreat for women), co-author of the Believe Training Journal series, and co-host of the Work, Play, Love Podcast with her husband Jesse Thomas. She is currently working on her memoir, Good for a Girl, to be published by Penguin Press in Fall 2022.

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