It was the women who pushed the United States to the top of the gold medal table in the final hours of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. And it was the women who contributed most of the American success in ways they hadn’t before.

Of the 113 total medals Team USA won in Tokyo, 66 were won entirely by women. It’s the most ever won by women competing for the U.S. at the Olympics. And it comes during the 25th anniversary of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, a pivotal moment for female athletics, as well as 49 years after Title IX, the law mandating equal treatment for girls and women.

That’s 58.4% of the medal haul, surpassing the 55.8% won by women at the 2012 London Olympics. Read More