Mexican girls fight violence with boys’ own game: football

Guadalupe Garcia, an indigenous Mexican woman, was not allowed to play football growing up as a poor Mazahua girl in the small village of San Juan Coajomulco. She got her first chance as a young adult, and discovered that football is “an act of rebellion” in a country where the sport is still seen as a boys’ game, she says. Today Garcia, 34, runs a football club for Mazahua girls and young women, using the sport to empower them in a country where machismo runs deep and violence against women is rampant.