I was not allowed to play sports in school. In high school, I joined the school's first soccer team and at the time I was dating a boy from Argentina. His mother greatly disapproved of my extra curricular activities. Her delicate son was dating an athlete!
Often she would tell me I would never be able to have children. Because at the age of 17, priority in life was to get married and have children?!!
Now, weightlifting is what takes up most of time and only wished I found it much sooner. Along the way, I have met many women in either weightlifting, Crossfit or competitors of Strongman events, that also have come across the stupidity of small minded people. Perhaps not stupidity, but lack of exposure, knowledge? Either way, it's great to see more and more women not shaped by the opinions of others.