The Women Boxers Who Fought for Their Right to Be Pro

Less than forty years ago, women were systematically excluded from competing in professional boxing. In the 1970s, a group of women banned together for the right to fight.

In October of 1974, at the New York State Athletic Commission, Marian "Tyger" Trimiar and Jackie Tonawanda applied for professional boxing licenses. The women were reportedly met with snickers as they went through what was then a routine application process for their male counterparts. Despite the sarcastic comments of some of the men in the audience, Tyger and Jackie were excited, as was the young woman accepting their applications, who said eloquently, "this is where it will start," with the licensing of these two women. Read the full article on Vice Sports.