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“...[I]t means a lot to me to support a truly democratic phenomenon such as CLAW USA, where everyone who participates is regarded as having value. Whether it be fundraising, or bicep strength, or shaking sequined tail feathers, ladies arm wrestling is a welcoming and empowering community that gives me hope for a more empowered America.” – Anonymous Angel Donor, Dec. 2012
CLAW USA, aka Collective of Lady Arm Wrestlers, is an alliance of theatrical lady arm wrestlers fighting for social justice. Founded in 2011 with a mission to empower women and strengthen local communities through theater, arm wrestling and philanthropy, CLAW USA offers resources, education, and mentorship to women-led arm wrestling leagues.
In just 18 months, CLAW USA has supported the startup of more than 22 leagues across the United States and one in Brazil. These leagues, which have raised more than $260,000 to date, touch thousands of people in their communities, galvanizing them through the theater of CLAW events around critical social justice issues including: LGBTQ advocacy, women’s rights, children’s advocacy, breastfeeding and more.
We have been profiled in national and international media, such as The Guardian, the New York Times, Bust Magazine, Bitch Magazine, Wired.com, Jyllands-Posten, and The Washington Post. They have recently been profiled on NPR’s “Weekend All Things Considered,” and are the subject of a documentary film called CLAW the Movie, which is being submitted to 2013 SXSW, Tribeca, and Toronto film festivals.
In 2013, we have big plans. Besides nurturing even more new leagues and producing SuperCLAW 2 in Washington, DC, we're creating an on-site training program, a women's empowerment roundtable at SuperCLAW's weekend conference, and creating an exchange scholarship that will allow wrestlers worldwide to support each other in person.
In addition to the donation levels described here, we welcome donors who wish to contribute at a sustaining level. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and she will send you a list of funding opportunities.