Young women athletes in Jordan take up sports for a number of reasons: challenging perceptions about femininity, self defense, or a pure love of the game and competition. I spent a week following Rand al-Bustanji, the goalie for Jordan's young women's football team, who competed in the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup - which was hosted by Jordan for the first time in 2016. Though Rand's father was initially worried about his daughter participating in sports, he's now her biggest cheerleader, taking her to practices and watching all her games. But knowing options are limited for professional athletes in Jordan, Rand is studying hard to get into a good university. For Businesspunk Magazine, I spent a day at boxer Lina Khalifa's gym, She Fighter, where girls of all ages come to get a good workout and learn self defense tactics against would-be harassers. Khalifa herself was inspired to start teaching self defense after a friend confided in her that she had been abused by her father and brother. And Asma al-Ramini is another top female athlete in Jordan; last year she traveled to Kazakhstan to compete in the Women's World Boxing Championships.