What if girls didn't question their strength?
What if they understood that those qualities that society deems weaknesses, are actually strengths? What if they chose not to ascribe to one definition of femininity or womanhood? What could they achieve if they were free to just be themselves?
Boxing changed the way others saw me, and more importantly, it changed the way I saw myself. No longer fragile, I was now a force to be reckoned with. I was a boxer. I would ask myself, "What else can I do? What else can I achieve?" By applying the fortitude and endurance I learned through boxing, I was convinced there was little I could not overcome.
That is the feeling I hope every girl who comes into our program gets, and it is why I started She Fights.
The program started in November of 2016 in partnership with Church Street Boxing. We had one coach and three students, and quickly started growing. A little over a year later we have added a partnership with Unity Jiu Jitsu, have four coaches, and 35 students enrolled.
We offer free boxing and Iiu Jitsu classes to girls aged 14-19 in New York City with the goal of fostering empowerment through combat sports, instilling strength, tenacity, and self-patience.
"I decided to try boxing because I want to go out my comfort zone. I hate feeling defenseless and stressed so learning a few moves really helped a lot."
— Dina, 17
I don’t want to say that our mission is especially germane now given the current political climate, because our societies have always looked to squelch the voices of strong women, to snuff out those who dare enter realms dominated by men. Our subjugation is not new, and our objectification is not novel. But if our detractors feel more emboldened than ever to speak up, we must be louder, and our resolve to strengthen and lift one another must be relentless.
I hope our boxing program allows our girls to see themselves as forces of nature, unstoppable in their resolve to become their strongest selves. I hope it changes the way the world sees women, and starts noticing the power we possess in our ability to endure and overcome. Ultimately, I want our girls to look at themselves in the mirror and ask, "What can't I do?" I hope they set out to find the answer, and discover that there is little they can’t achieve.