Women's Museum of California
2730 Historic Decatur Road, Suite 103 San Diego, CA 92106
Join author Wendy Rouse as she discusses her new book,Â Her Own Hero: The Origins of the Women’s Self-Defense Movement.Â Â The book describes the emergence of a women's self-defense movement paralleling the women’s suffrage movement in the early 1900s. In this #MeToo movement of the early twentieth century, first-wave feminists sought to raise awareness about the sexual harassment and violence that women faced on the street, at work, and in the home. Advocates of self-defense insisted that all women should learn boxing or jiu-jitsu not only to protect themselves physically but to empower themselves psychologically for the political battles that lay ahead. Women expressed a newfound sense of empowerment through their physical training in self-defense that helped them resist harassment, assault, sexism, and disfranchisement. Self-defense figuratively and literally challenged the power structure that prevented women from exercising their full rights as citizens and human beings.
Tickets are $5