Girls Can’t Skate spotlights an all-female and queer skateboarding community in New York City. By exploring these women’s shared passion and resilience, it celebrates female empowerment in contrast to the machismo culture and normalized violence against women that plagues much of the world.
These women are challenging the traditionally male-dominated sport at a historic moment for skateboarding, which made its debut appearance at the 2021 Summer Olympics. The images were captured before the COVID-19 pandemic and during the lockdown via FaceTime.
“Skateboarding took me away from a dark place in my life. Sometimes I don’t understand why I love it so much but I honestly made it my home. In the past, many of the boys didn’t accept me due to the fact I was a female skateboarder but as the years past many understood me.” Melissa Ramírez, 23
"Being resilient is one of the best and worst traits I got from being a skateboarder. I'll fall nine times but I always get up ten." Joscelyn Fuentes, 18
"The positive for it is fearless. The negative is reckless. Either way skateboarding is fun." Ariana Navazesh, 22
Mary Chun, Kristen Noelle, Charlotte Tegen