Jump Like A Girl

Empowering women and girls to discover confidence in movement through parkour, reclaiming our power through dedicated training and development of our bodies and minds.

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Inside every woman, there is a little girl who was told at one point in her life to stop moving freely. 

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"Get down from there, you'll hurt yourself!"   

"Be careful!" 

"Climbing trees will ruin your clothes, pretty little girls like you should go and play with some dolls."

"Boys won't like you if your muscles are too big."

"That looks heavy! Let me help you with that."

"You shouldn't be exercising when you're pregnant."

"Don't climb that ladder; you'll fall and break a hip!"

 

ABOUT US

JUMP LIKE A GIRL is an affirmation that empowers women and girls to embrace movement, play, and strength. We are claiming our power and grit, and resisting messages from society that have told us that we are weak.

The Women's Parkour Movement was started by women, for women, to teach and spread parkour; creating events and spaces across North America for traceuses to train together and build community. However, the North American Women's Parkour Jam occurs but once a year, and the time has come for us to take it up a notch.

Our first-ever standing program, "Jump Like a Girl" is designed to foster inclusion for women and girls in the parkour community, through research, teaching, outreach, and inspiration. We aim to empower people through movement, inspire leadership in local parkour communities, and take back ownership of our bodies and minds.

13.8 percent of parkour practitioners who regularly attend national and international jams are women. Understanding the representation of women is the first step to increasing it.

13.8 percent of parkour practitioners who regularly attend national and international jams are women. Understanding the representation of women is the first step to increasing it.

Barriers for women in parkour are similar to those faced by women and girls in all other male-dominated activities. We have to work harder to achieve the same results, often because of inherent biases in society and the world around us.

Quantitative and qualitative research on the under-representation of women in parkour helps elucidate the problems, so we can begin to build solutions.

Read the articles on our research page to learn more.

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Teaching women and girls parkour is an amazing experience, as it is the primary way we empower one another through movement. Women's classes and workshops are taught at parkour gyms and in local communities across the globe. Check out our list of places to learn parkour with other women here!

Teaching men about the issues women face and how best to coach women is also of great importance to our cause. 

 

Inspiring women and girls to discover confidence in movement through parkour is at the core of what we do. Motivation is often inspired by others who have struggled on their journeys. Jump Like A Girl's founder, Alice Popejoy, tells her story of mental and physical recovery from pregnancy through parkour.

When I first got pregnant, I thought that advice from many experienced Moms about recovery for my body -- "Give yourself two years" -- didn't apply to me. I was a parkour coach in good shape and taught classes until I was 40 weeks pregnant. While some women don't gain much weight, or easily lose it with breast feeding, that wasn't the case for me. I've struggled with anxiety, frustration, anger, and disappointment because I am still not capable of the type of movement that I used to be, and my body has changed. But recently I've experienced a mental shift. I realized that as I'm coming up on the two-year anniversary of the day I became a mom, it's not about getting back to my pre-pregnancy body before I can train parkour like I used to. It's just about training parkour today and loving my body exactly as it is; embrace my natural lifestyle of movement and play without self deprecation, and the fitness will follow. - Alice B. Popejoy