Friday Feminist Fuck Yeah: The US women boxers


Andrecia Wasson, right, and Raquel Miller at the US women’s boxing Olympic trials. (Photo credit: Jed Conklin/zReportage.com)

As we’ve mentioned before, a good century after the men did it, female boxers will compete in the Olympics for the first time this summer. That means that for the first time in Olympic history both men and women will be competing in every sport.

Mother Jones has an awesome photo essay of the three American boxers who have a shot at London 2012. Marlen Esparza, Queen Underwood and Claressa Shields now head to competed in the 2012 Women’s World Boxing Championships in China for the final hurdle to qualify for the Olympics. Update: Thanks to commenter Sara for pointing out that the World Championship took place earlier this month and Shields and Esparza are headed to the Olympics!

Sadaf Rahimi’s already got my heart, but if these women make it too, I don’t know who I’ll be rooting for.

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Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director in charge of Editorial at Feministing. Maya has previously worked at NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute for Reproductive Health and was a fellow at Mother Jones magazine. She graduated with a B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. A Minnesota native, she currently lives, writes, edits, and bakes bread in Atlanta, Georgia.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/sarabloomergirls/ Sara

    Actually the Worlds already happened. In May. Sheilds and Esparza will be competing in the Olympics. We wrote about Shields on Bloomer Girls Blog and you can read it here: http://www.bloomergirlsblog.com/?p=456

  • http://feministing.com/members/cassius/ Brüno

    I feel there should be no gender segregation in sport. But that wont sit well with the people who have a hard time to see women in sports to begin with.