None of them will be competing in Budapest for various reasons. After her struggles in Rio, Franklin had shoulder surgery earlier this year, and although she is still training at Cal, she has not yet set a date when she plans to return to competition. Vollmer had her second child last month and has gradually begun her return to the pool with her eyes set on Tokyo. And DiRado, one of the stars in Rio, retired after the games and has insisted she has no interest in a comeback. Ervin, the Olympic gold medalist in the 50 free, failed to make the team in the event this year, finishing behind Dressel and Adrian at . trials. Adrian has the third-fastest time in the world this year in the 100 free and will fight Dressel and Australia's Cameron McEvoy for gold in that event.
But talking about these issues can bring hard questions. Like any other form of activism in China, feminist movements aren’t tolerated. A group of women known as the Feminist Five were arrested and detained for 37 days in 2015 for planning a protest against sexual harassment on public transport. Leta Hong Fincher, the author of Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China , believes that it’s not just activists “who label themselves as feminists” that the government is concerned about but also individual young women like Yao who “want more choices” and who are reshaping society by putting their own priorities, rather than the Chinese Communist Party’s, at the center of their lives.