SHE FIGHTS FOUN­DA­TION

Bitch: A Feminist Response to Pop Culture - - DISPATCH FROM JAPAN - —SORAYA MEMBRENO, DI­REC­TOR OF COM­MU­NITY

“What if girls didn’t ques­tion their strength?” This is the driv­ing phi­los­o­phy be­hind

She Fights Foun­da­tion’s Youth Box­ing Pro­gram, which of­fers free box­ing lessons to girls ages 14 to 19 from low-in­come neigh­bor­hoods in NYC. Not a teen? She Fights has also cre­ated Fem­i­nist Fight Club as a means to build com­mu­nity around women fight­ers, en­cour­ag­ing them to hit back against the sex­ism and misog­yny that run ram­pant in the ring, to show up for one an­other, and to sup­port women in com­bat sports look­ing to make it to a pro­fes­sional level. Con­tact sports changed ev­ery­thing for me when I dis­cov­ered them in col­lege. Now that my knee won’t let me play rugby any­more, I’m thrilled to find an or­ga­ni­za­tion push­ing women to be the strong­est ver­sions of them­selves, whether it looks “cute” or not.

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