On November 13th, GRACE Early Stage Researcher Alejandra Benitez and some enthusiastic participants went to see Delicate Flowers, a play directed by Mark Rees about Barbara Buttrick, a Yorkshire-born pioneer of women’s boxing and a world champion in women’s boxing during the 1950s. Buttrick’s story is narrated by Karen, a young boxer from Hull who highlights the achievements that Barbara had during her career. Simultaneously, Karen makes the audience reflect on those problems that young women face nowadays in a still sexist society.
With the goal to reflect on women in sport, gender, and equality, the day after the play, Ale Benitez facilitated a debate in Hull on Delicate Flowers. Those who couldn’t make it to the debate sent their opinions through a digital platform. The participant’s reflections about sex and gender discrimination, as well as the challenges and possibilities for social transformation were extremely insightful. The conclusion was that we still have a long way to go to reach equality. For doing that, it is crucial on the one hand, to debate and reflect about the transformations we need, and on the other, to celebrate those women who have literally fought to be part of History.