Senior Thesis

It’s no secret that skateboarding has always been a boy’s club, but the popularity and demographic of female skateboarders is on the rise. Now that females are gaining more interest from major skate brands, gaining sponsorship, and being recognized for their talent, it’s time for females to gain more positions within other areas in the industry as well. My senior thesis consisted of studying the history of women in skateboarding, looking at skate graphics throughout history, interviewing female identifying skaters, and much more. A line of skateboards decks were designed and produced, along with custom griptape, a zine focusing on femininity in skateboarding, stickers, and more. My hope is that females gain more jobs within the industry in the future. I was chosen and had the honor of presenting my senior thesis at Portland State’s Senior Thesis show in June of 2019.