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A History of Women's Boxing traces the history of the sport back to the 1700s, through the 2012 Olympic Games when women were first allowed to box, and up to the present. Rich in detail and exhaustively researched, this book illuminates the struggles, obstacles, and successes of the women who fought-and continue to fight-in the ring and out to gain respect in a sport traditionally considered for men alone. Inside-the-ring action is brought to life through photographs, newspaper clippings, and anecdotes, as are the stories of the women who played important roles outside the ring, from spectators and judges to managers and trainers. The first comprehensive history of women's boxing, this book is sure to enlighten all readers-boxing fans, historians, scholars, and general sports fans alike.
Malissa Smith is an amateur boxer and maintains a popular blog about the sport-Girlboxing. She writes frequently on the topic of women's boxing and has appeared as a guest on the radio show Courts & Sports to discuss women's boxing history and women's boxing in the Olympics. Smith is a board member of the International Women's Boxing Hall of Fame (IWBHF).
Acknowledgements Introduction Chapter 1: She-Devils and Amazonian Tigresses: Women Enter the Boxing Ring Chapter 2: Victorian Ladies Boxing Chapter 3: Boxing, Women, and the Mores of Change Chapter 4: Encountering the Modern: Flappers, Mae West, and the War Years Chapter 5: Boxing in the Age of the "Mighty Atom" Chapter 6: Burning Bras, Taking on the "Sheriff," and Winning the Right to Fight Chapter 7: A Ring of Their Own Chapter 8: These Ladies Love the Ring Chapter 9: Christy Martin and the Pinking of the Velvet Ropes Chapter 10: Women's Boxing and the Fame Game Chapter 11: The Amateurs Conclusion: The State of Things: 1722-2012 and Beyond Bibliography Index About the Author
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