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The Amazonas of Yaxunah’ softball team poses for a photo with State Governor Mauricio Villa after a match between teams from Mérida and Yaxcabá at the Kukulcán Alamo Park stadium in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico on June 24, 2023. The Amazonas were invited to participate as ambassadors for the Grand Final of the Yucatan Women’s Softball League of Change– the first<br />
women softball league in the state of Yucatán. The Amazonas of Yaxunah is an indigenous women’s softball team from the small Maya community of Yaxunah in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. The team of 26 players, aged 13 to 62, was formed in 2019. The Amazonas have become famous in Mexico for playing barefoot and wearing traditional Mayan dresses known as “huipiles”, but also for defying gender inequality. Playing sports isn’t considered part of a woman’s life in traditional Maya culture but they have found empowerment through sport. The Amazonas have travelled around the country to compete against established teams, even playing in the Kukulcán Alamo Park stadium in Mérida, home of Major League side, Los Leones de Yucatán. They started off with little more than a makeshift bat carved from a piece of wood and a single borrowed baseball. But now they are invited across the country to entertain crowds filled with their growing local and international fan base, sometimes numbering in the thousands. Their next adventure will see them jet off to the United States in September 2023 for their first ever game abroad in Phoenix, Arizona. Photograph by Bénédicte Desrus