Rizwana Seeham poses for a portrait with her boxing gloves while she works out in her apartment’s clubhouse on September 10, 2021 in Framingham, MA. The 31-year-old woman, of South Asian and Pacific Islander heritage, said after 9/11, “I came to realize that there was a negative stigma affiliated with identifying myself as Muslim and it wasn’t clear to me until I had done it a couple of times.” Seeham took up boxing and self-defense in college as a woman of color living alone in the city. Ten years later, Seeham says boxing makes her feel empowered.