Reclaiming Fitspo: Jackie Tonawanda
Born in New York in 1933, “The Female Ali” was a pioneer in women’s heavyweight boxing.
Originally named Jackie Garrett, the Female Ali took on her mother’s maiden name around the same time that she sued the state of New York to be granted a boxing license, all in 1975. She eventually won this legal battle, becoming the first woman to be granted a license to box in New York state (alongside Cathy Davis and Marian Trimiar).
She’s known to have only one officially documented fight: In 1979, she went against Diane Clark in Madison Square Garden. She lasted six rounds before eventually losing. Yet despite her poor official record, Tonawanda was well-known in the boxing and martial arts communities. The majority of her career took place in underground, unsanctioned fights.
Tonawanda was the first female boxer to become a member of Ring 8 (the Veterans Boxing Association) and to be inducted into their Hall of Fame, as well as the Madison Square Garden’s Hall of Fame. She has even been honored outside of the ring, thanks to her wide support for such charitable causes as Athletes Against Drunk Driving.
Tonawanda passed away in 2009 after a long battle with colon cancer.
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You can read all about it HERE, and it’s as awesome as it looks and sounds.
From the article:Made With Code is a new Google initiative to motivate future female programmers. Only 18% of computer science degrees are earned by women, and Google is spending $50 million over the next three years to change those numbers.
More than 150 high school girls turned out for the event, including local chapters of the Girl Scouts of the USA, Black Girls Code and Girls Who Code. Kaling, a writer and actress, emceed the premiere, which brought in Google X Vice President Megan Smith, Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton, iLuminate creator Miral Kotb, Pixar Director of Photography Danielle Feinberg and UNICEF Innovation cofounder Erica Kochi.
This is so important because this will give girls a HUGE confidence boost. Girls should feel empowered to create and engineer and problem solve. I am in a class split into two sections of eighty people with SEVEN females and SEVENTY THREE males. We need more girls in this profession PLEASE learn how to code even if it’s something as simple as html you can only grow from there. Tech jobs are in such high demand and honestly, being a female is an advantage because there aren’t many in the field.
This is how Team Brazil deals with (tiny) pitch invaders, Johannesburg, 2014.03.05
uswnt’s one-touch symphony
best thing ever
Back in black.
"The Heath Health Update…try and say that five times fast"
US First Lady Michelle Obama and Samantha Cameron, the wife of British Prime Minister David Cameron, chat with US women’s national soccer team member Becky Sauerbrunn while attending a mini-Olympics event with local school children at American University’s Bender Arena March 13, 2012 in Washington, DC. The event is in celebration of the 2012 London Summer Olympics and the First Lady’s ‘Let’s Move!’ children fitness initiative. (via Photo from Getty Images)
We may have different names for the sport, but in reality, football only speaks one language, and that is on the pitch.
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