It all started November 10th, 2013
My name is Annie Laurie Medonis. I have always liked sports since I was four years old. I love talking about sports, playing sports, and going to any sporting event I have the opportunity to attend.
One day my friend Mike asked me if I liked watching basketball. Of course I responded, "yes." Mike told me he had free tickets to see women's basketball for teams such as Boston University, UMASS Amherst, Boston College, Northeastern, Harvard, and Holy Cross. I grabbed thirteen tickets from him and immediately started texting my friends. Only my friend, Jay took me up on the offer. When Jay and I arrived, much to my surprise, we realized it was actually men's basketball and not women's. Then I proceeded to text pictures of the men's games to the friends who said they weren't able to come. One friend in particular changed her mind and responded in a text, "Oh it's men's basketball, I'll be there in five minutes." I was a little thrown off by her response at first. I thought to myself, they are free tickets and who cares if it's women's or men's basketball especially when you get to see the game live. The more I thought about it though, the more I realized that her response was normal. Her response was not solely reflective of her character but rather society itself. Her excitement for men's basketball versus women's basketball was the norm. For most of us, this type of thinking is just naturally ingrained in our minds.
I started thinking about this more in-depth. Here I am a female athlete myself, yet I grew up watching only men's sports, and I always thought of it as superior to women's sports. I grew up playing with the boys, so I was considered one of the "guys." I didn't play like a typical girl in other words. See, you probably already understand what I mean by saying that I didn't play like a typical girl. Playing like a girl has the assumption that you aren't very athletic and are weak. Anyway, I realized that I too, like my friend, thought very little of women's sports. I was offended when men talked down about women's sports, yet I made fun of women's sports. How does that make any sense? Then it hit me, "As women, how do we expect men to respect us, if we don't even respect ourselves."
This pretty much came as an epiphany to me. I felt both excited and relieved. I felt excited because I knew this was a challenge and journey I wanted to embark on. I felt relieved because it made me realize that this project isn't just a hobby but rather something I believe in and want to fight for the rest of my life.
Once I figured out this is what I wanted to do, I started brainstorming and writing down ideas. Jay encouraged me to pursue this dream. After talking to him and some other friends, I decided I would name this project, Real Active Women. Real Active Women is the perfect name for this movement, documentary, and TV show.