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The Bold and the Brutal: South African Women Boxers Struggle for Recognition

  • Anita Powell

In the decade since South Africa allowed women to become professional boxers, only a few dozen have. While the fighters don’t lack talent, they struggle for opportunities and recognition -- and face intense pressure to quit. That struggle for workplace equality is the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day, which is marked by the hashtag #beboldforchange. VOA’s Anita Powell follows a 24-year-old South African boxer fighting for her place in the ring.

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