Claressa Shields And Her Fight For Gender Equality
Claressa Shields was ready to throw in the towel.
Shields’ home life included sexual abuse, abandonment and hunger. She realized she didn’t want to live like that for the rest of her life. At the age of 11, she was introduced to boxing thanks in part to her father Clarence Shields, who told her about Laila Ali. It gave her the confidence that she was a winner. “In boxing, I couldn’t be messed with,” recalls Shields.
Today, Shields uses inspiration from her hometown of Flint, Michigan, and women across the globe, to become the greatest female boxer in the world. She won two gold medals back-to-back in the 2012 Olympic Games.
“Be different,” the Zappos Athlete says. “Don’t make each other feel less of a strong woman because we look or talk differently. You’re a strong woman because of your actions.”