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Her Own Hero Book Talk & Self-Defense Workshop

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Please join us at Bluestockings Bookstore, Café, & Activist Centerfor an informative and hands-on presentation about the history of women's self defense featuring Wendy Rouse author of Her Own Hero: The Origins of the Women's Self Defense Movement, and Yuko Uchikawa of Ruckus Safety Awareness.

Come learn and practice skills for awareness, verbal assertiveness, and physical protection. Feel stronger and more confident in everyday situations while also preparing for potentially dangerous situations.

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 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 Ruckus Safety Awareness
Founded in 1993, Ruckus Safety Awareness offers training in safety awareness and self-defense skills to women of all backgrounds, youth, and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities. The trainings and seminars provide skills in a culturally sensitive space where participants are encouraged to learn and share their experiences in a supportive environment. Material covered includes physical skills, verbal skills, awareness exercises, prevention strategies, assertive- ness training, and discussions regarding safety and violence in our society.

About Yuko Uchikawa
Yuko has been training in Goju-ryu Karate since 1992 and trained in Jeet Kun Do, Pekiti-Tirsia, and Ba Gua. She began Ruckus Safety Awareness with Akko Nishimura and Dee Hamaguchi in 1993. In 1997, Yuko took the program to Japan and started Jikaku Anzenjutsu Ruckus. Jikaku Anzenjutsu Ruckusbecame one of the first organizations to teach an empowerment model of self-defense for women in Japan. Yuko has traveled extensively across the country, conducting workshops, training instructors, and giving lectures on self-defense and conflict resolution.