I didn’t think women’s boxing was important before listening to this story. Or think that about how important it was that women competed in boxing at the Olympics for the first time in history this year. I didn’t realize how many obstacles had to be overcome to get us to this point.
That being recognized, I think it’s HUGE that Claressa Shields, a seventeen-year-old native of Flint, Michigan, took the gold. Another Flint native put it best in the story: “If she win this, that would really do a lot for our city Flint. The murder capital. The highest unemployment rate. Everybody looking at Flint like Fint’s just some ghost town, like we don’t even exist. If we can pull this off, this will show them that despite all that, something good came out of Flint: Claressa Shields.”
Her success means a lot to a lot of people, including me. Cheers to you, Claressa. You deserve this.