Her Own Hero: The Origins of the Women’s Self-Defense Movement

Book Talk and Self Defense Training with Hand to Hand

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 6:00PM

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Her Own Hero: The Origins of the Women’s Self-Defense Movement

Book Talk and Self Defense Training with Hand to Hand

Join us, the author of the new book, Her Own Hero: The Origins of the Women's Self-Defense Movement, and Hand to Hand for an exciting night that combines the history of women's self defense in the bay area, and beyond, as well as a short defense class with Hand to Hand from Oakland.

About the Author

Wendy L. Rouse is an assistant professor at San Jose State University where she teaches courses in history and teacher preparation. Rouse’s scholarly research focuses on the history of women and children in the United States during the Progressive-Era.

About the Book

At the turn of the twentieth century, women famously organized to demand greater social and political freedoms like gaining the right to vote. However, few realize that the Progressive Era also witnessed the birth of the women’s self-defense movement. Some women were inspired to take up boxing and jiu-jitsu for very personal reasons that ranged from protecting themselves from attacks by strangers on the street to rejecting gendered notions about feminine weakness and empowering themselves as their own protectors. Perhaps more importantly the discussion surrounding women's self-defense revealed powerful myths about the source of violence against women opening up conversations about the less visible violence that many women faced in their own homes. Through self-defense training women debunked patriarchal myths about inherent feminine weakness creating a new image of women as powerful and self-reliant.

About Hand to Hand

As one of the oldest continuously operating self-defense training centers in the United States, Hand to Hand is a supportive and professional environment for learning skills that enable anyone to live more safely. We specialize in practical, comprehensive women’s* self defense that relies on effective physical, verbal, and emotional strategies.

In a highly supportive environment, students learn to protect themselves from invasive and dangerous situations including physical assault. They will gain insight into the complexities of violence in our culture and become aware of how we are all impacted by sexism, racism, and gender oppression, regardless of our personal identities. Hand to Hand classes explore the links between personal safety and community wellness because seeing this connection provides an opportunity for healing and encourages every individual to walk fearlessly in their lives.

* Women’s Practical Self-Defense classes are open to all female-identified students.
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