These photographs from the early 1900's could have been used as an icons, similar to Rosie the Riveter's "We Can Do It" ad, in WWII.
These women must have been pretty tough to be boxers.
Women's boxing was introduced in the 1904 Olympics, but was later banned by most countries.
For almost an entire century women did not box.
Then, in 1988, the Swedish Amateur Boxing team brought the sport back.
There was quite a bit of controversy as others followed.
By the turn of the century, there were only five nations that officially recognized boxing as a women's sport.