Check out this awesome tribute to ladies’ strength and all-around athleticism from more than a century ago.

Here is a transcript of the text:

KRAFT HEIL! [Hail to the Strength]


This is to Certify that Caroline Baumann has completed a regular Course of the Attila System of Strength Building, passed a highly satisfactory examination in Feats of Strength, Boxing, Bagpunching, Wrestling, etc.etc., displaying thereby extraordinary qualifications as an all-round Athlete, Instructor, and Performer, and is therefore entitled to the rank of Amateur Athlete of the First Class & a.a.#1.


Chicago, August 15. 1910

Mens sana in corpore sano [“a healthy mind in a healthy body”]

Awesome, right? Btw. do you notice the kettlebells on the diploma?

“The world needs strong women. Women who will lift and build others, who will love and be loved. Women who live bravely, both tender and fierce. Women of indomitable will.”

– Amy Tenney

Photo source: H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical culture and Sport

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