The right to fight: women’s boxing in Britain

Historian article

By Matthew Taylor, published 6th February 2024

In this article Matthew Taylor explores the history of women’s boxing in Britain from the early eighteenth century onwards, showing how prevailing gender norms have led to this activity being marginalised by historians. It is argued that the key women boxers he discusses should be celebrated as key figures, not just in the history of sport but also more generally in British social and cultural history.

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