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Monday, February 06, 2012

(Sue Jaye Johnson)

Men have boxed in the Olympic games since the ancient Greeks adopted the sport more than two thousand years ago.  Women, never. That changes this year. In February, 24 fighters will compete to make the very first US Olympic women’s boxing team. Three will succeed.

The Women Box podcast takes you inside the lives and minds of the contenders as they fight to make history: who they are, why they box, and how they got this far. We'll also follow their progress at the Olympic trials. These fighters challenge the prevailing wisdom that girls don't play rough. Women Box tells their story. Listen above for a preview.

Hosted by WNYC Reporter Marianne McCune, the Women Box podcast runs the week of the women's Olympic trials: from Monday, February 13th through the end of the week-long competition.

Women Box is produced by Sue Jaye Johnson and Marianne McCune.

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Comments [2]

Kris Kellejian from Seattle, WA

Thank you for this episode and series. I have always been fascinated with boxing, and many other historically "male"-identified sports. Even now, as a feminist somewhat critical of violence and fighting, I know that women are capable of doing everything that men generally do, and that boxing is no different. Boxing, whether as a real activity or a metaphor, has no gender, and requires great discipline, strength, and heart, and I am in full support of these women. Thank you for sharing their stories.

Feb. 18 2012 12:34 PM
Vic from .

Dear Sue Jaye Johnson and Marianne McCune,
Have you ever heard of a female, heavy weight boxer named, Jackie Townsend...?
Back when I was training, I was told she was the first female professional boxer.
Jackie was called, "The Female Ali", cause she could hit !
It was at Ringside Boxing in the mid-late 80's when I first met her.
She would come into the gym looking for work, looking to train any of the young boxers.
She was cool, and anyone could see she knew her way around the ring.
At that time, I heard a story about one of her fights ~
It was an exhibition match in the Garden against a (male) Korean kick-boxer.
As I remember the story, in the first few rounds, she was taking some punishment
from this guy until her corner-man helped her to figure out a solution to his fighting style.
In the end, the fight never went the distance, and she knocked him out.
After Ringside Boxing, a group of us moved over to Gleasons's Gym in Brooklyn, and I never
saw or heard of her again.
Recently, with all the publicity that women are attracting in the boxing world, I thought it would be right
to bring up Jackie Townsend (wherever she may be) because she was there first years ago in the ring fighting
at a time when there seemed to be no investors will to commit to female boxers, and put their money down.
Sincerely,


Feb. 07 2012 09:01 PM

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Men have boxed in the Olympic games since the ancient Greeks adopted the sport more than two thousand years ago. Women, never. That changes this year, when women enter the Olympic boxing ring for the first time.

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