On This Day in 1911: A Prize Fight for Suffrage

In the early 1900s, one could usually find a boxing exhibition or prize fight on any given Friday night in New York City. Punches would be thrown and dreams would be made and lost among the cigarette and cigar smoke of the crowd. The card held at the Long Acre Athletic Club on October 27, 1911, was one of these shows, with one notable difference: … Continue reading On This Day in 1911: A Prize Fight for Suffrage

On Lawsuits for Licenses: The Fight for Women’s Wrestling in New York, part 2

This is part 2 of a multi-post essay on the legislative history of the ban on women’s wrestling in New York State. Part 1 may be read here. Part 3 will be published next week.

Sources not linked or mentioned in text are numbered and can be found at the bottom.

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On Lawsuits for Licenses: The Fight for Women’s Wrestling in New York, part 1

This is the first post of a multi-part essay on the legislative history of the New York State Athletic Commission’s ban on women’s professional wrestling and its overturn in 1972. I didn’t think my research would ever have any relevance to anything  or anyone other than a die-hard feminist wrestling history nerd. I was wrong.

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