July 18th, 2019
Mercedes Martinez has been a pro wrestler for more than 18 years and now she's fighting to prove that women have a place in the wrestling ring. » Subscribe to NowThis Her: https://go.nowth.is/Her_Subscribe » Sign up for our newsletter KnowThis to get the biggest stories of the day delivered straight to your inbox: https://go.nowth.is/KnowThis Professional wrestling wasn't always Mercedes Martinez's goal, she played college basketball and thought she would become a police officer until an injury in college took her off the court. Martinez used her new found free time to try out independent wrestling. More than 18 years later, Martinez is still fighting for women's rights, women's empowerment, and gender equality, in and out of the ring. "I think my first wrestling show I didn't get paid at all," Martinez said. "I think for the first year I didn't get paid. Now women wrestlers do get paid, but I still think there's the pay gap." Wrestling is so much more than a job to Martinez, it is a lifestyle and a healthy way to get out aggression. Martinez experienced a lot of bullying as a kid and needed to find an outlet. Basketball was her first outlet, women's wrestling was her second. "What people don't realize is that I was really bullied when I was young, so this is my way of getting that aggression out," Martinez said. Martinez is married, raising a son, and spends her time out of the ring training her own students. Martinez says even when she is unable to wrestle herself, she will continue to stay involved in the wrestling world helping girls and women train the right way. "It's never just a job, it's more than that," Martinez said. "It's a life." #HerStories #Women #Empowerment Connect with NowThis » Subscribe to NowThis News: http://go.nowth.is/News_Subscribe » Like us on Facebook: http://go.nowth.is/News_Facebook » Tweet us on Twitter: http://go.nowth.is/News_Twitter » Follow us on Instagram: http://go.nowth.is/News_Instagram » Find us on Snapchat Discover: http://go.nowth.is/News_Snapchat Her Stories profiles modern female changemakers, showcasing women who are breaking boundaries, defying stereotypes, and making a difference - right now - in their communities, professional industries, and around the world. Women empowerment has never been more crucial than it is today. See the most important stories about women's rights and equality around the world, as well as profiles of the badass women who are leading the charge — this is NowThis Her. NowThis is your premier news outlet providing you with all the videos you need to stay up to date on all the latest in trending news. From entertainment to politics, to viral videos and breaking news stories, we’re delivering all you need to know straight to your social feeds. We live where you live. http://www.youtube.com/nowthisher @NowThisHer This video "Wrestler Mercedes Martinez Fights For Women In and Out Of The Ring", first appeared on https://nowthisnews.com.