The Idea Behind the Strong Athletic Grown-Ass Woman Crew Neck Baseball Shirt
The Strong Athletic Grown-Ass Woman Baseball T-shirt is a recreation of the Strong Athletic Woman shirt, first created by Kristen Perks in 2013 for Strong Athletic founder Nadia Kean.
Nadia Kean played roller derby as Smarty Pants for Texas Rollergirls. While she was on the team she started to find it harder and harder to shake off the irritation she felt any time she or her teammates were referred to as "girls". The infantilization of grown women is not a new thing, yet it is still a prominent problem in most of society. One might not consider it to be a big deal to simply refer to an adult woman as a "girl" every now and then, but when you do so, you are making a statement that women do not deserve the respect that they are due. Women are already asked to take a back seat in most of society, and in sport it is no different, almost worse. Women are not expected to play sport after the age of 18, and if they do, it's a novelty. The majority of women athletes in the world will not make their income off of athletics and when they do tell people that they play a sport, especially one that is considered to be a "male dominated" sport, folks act surprised. Nadia's hope is that women will wear the Strong Athletic Woman baseball t-shirt and in doing so they will help to foster conversations about the importance of calling people what they wish to be called. Ever wonder when to use the word "girl" and the word "woman"? If you're referring to someone under the age of 14, the word girl is appropriate, if they identify as female. When speaking to or referring to an adult use pronouns and nouns that are meant for adults.
In 2018, Nadia felt like certain people in society were either slow to change or still not getting "it" and so she created the "Grown-Ass Woman" line as another form of protest. We say it's the "Strong Athletic Woman" design's older sister.
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About the Bella Canvas Baseball T-shirt
Are you looking for the perfect gift for the strong woman in your life? How about the women you know who are athletes? Or maybe you know a woman who takes pride in going on weekly hikes and this shirt is perfect for her? We love this shirt and that's why we decided to print the Strong Athletic Woman design on it. The Bella Canvas Crew Neck Baseball T-shirt, style number 3200 is basically your average 3/4 sleeve tee. Ever wonder why it's called a 3/4 or three-quarter sleeve shirt? The name of the shirt comes from the length of the sleeves which comes down to the mid-lower arm, around the forearm. This is the type of shirt that was traditionally worn by softball and baseball players, and so that it where it gets its name. The hem of the shirt goes down to the upper thigh area, so you won't find any crop tops with this shirt. The neck line is a traditional "crew neck" which means that it has a circular neck line and no collar. Crew necks are very common on most t-shirts. These t-shirts are preshrunk. This shirt was assembled at a WRAP facility.
Every Strong Athletic Shirt comes wrapped in our signature "You are so Strong" wraps which are held together with a kraft Strong Athletic sticker. Each shirt is then packaged in a biodegradable kraft mailer that we get from a US based company called EcoEnclose. We include a postcard that shares the origin story of Strong Athletic and that is addressed by hand to the person receiving the shirt. Also included in every package is a Strong Athletic logo sticker and one of our "We Believe" stickers. Every time you open a package from Strong Athletic we want it to feel special, especially if you're sending the Strong Athletic shirt as a gift.
About the Production of this Strong Athletic Shirt
Every single Strong Athletic shirt is printed by a small-scale, local screen printer. The majority of our shirts are printed by Amanda in Austin, Texas who prints out of the Austin Screen Printer's Coop, a screen printing shop that is member owned and run in East Austin. When our shirts are not printed by Amanda they are printed by other small-scale screen printers such as Second Avenues Ink in Portland, Oregon or Leigh Valley Apparel Creations in Pennsylvania. As mentioned above, the art for this design was created by Cristen Perks in 2013 for Strong Athletic founder Nadia Kean. The Strong Athletic logo was created by Angel Ortega in 2015, until that point our shirts had the Get Smarty Coaching logo on them. The color combo of this shirt is a dark gray ink on a lighter gray fabric. The sleeves for this tee are dark gray. The words "Strong Athletic Grown-Ass Woman" and the Strong Athletic logo are printed on the front of this long sleeve shirt, the Strong Athletic logo is printed on the back of the shirt.