August 13, 2012
For the first time in Olympic history, every country participating had at least one female athlete in the games. Yes, all 205 countries! Even Brunei, Qatar and Saudi Arabia sent female athletes (some required to wear head scarves while competing to comply with religious requirements) for the first time. Another first worth noting: the United States had more female competitors than males in the Games. Two forces are at work here: General social inclusion reflects a still ongoing large-scale positive social mood. At the same time, the influx of female Olympians also reflects that the rally in stocks from 2009 is part of a larger bear market, which which commonly sees women vaulted into prominent positions.
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