This article originally appeared on i-D.
The female skate scene is on the rise, as girls are (sometimes quite literally) pushing guys out the way to mark their space in the world of skateboarding. From Lizzie Armanto breaking down the gender bias to 17-year-old skater Josie Millard who featured in i-D's new girl skate video, talented women across the globe are reclaiming the streets and filling the gender gap, making it a subculture more inclusive for all. Here are some of the all-girl skate crews that are killing it on their boards and on Instagram.
London-based "Pizza Appreciation Society" and skate crew, Nefarious, are out to prove that skateboarding doesn't have to be intimidating. Celebrating inclusivity, they welcome everyone who's down to try something new with a healthy dose of pizza and beer along the way. More and more girls-only skate nights are popping up in London and Nefarious try to catch them all whether it's shredding the bowl at House of Vans or board sliding at Better Extreme. Oh, and did they mention they like pizza?
The Skate Kitchen are a group of fearless female skaters that are all about fun, friendship and empowerment. The gang were recently spotted on the subway by The Wolfpack director, Crystal Moselle, who featured them at the center of a short film for Miu Miu's Women's Tales . 100% squad goals.
Brujas are the Bronx-based feminist crew tearing up the streets and taking down the patriarchy at the same time. For them skating goes beyond the board, providing a sense of community, sisterhood and space for POC skaters in New York as well as throwing mean parties and designing dreamy merch.
The Skate Witches, described in their Insta-bio as "Zine/Frenz/Fun" is a gang of international girl skaters highlighting the amazing women in skating. Inspired by a cult video titled "Skate Witches" of girls pushing boy-skaters off their boards, the crew is all about #girlpower. Their black and white DIY zine features a range of female skaters of all ages and abilities killing it, and according to Instagram, Zine 6 is one the way.
This crew is shredding the skate parks of Santa Cruz, CA and making friends along the way. The Lady Lurkers have each other's backs always and love hanging with as a group to encourage and support each other. Their Instagram is filled with videos documenting the insane talent coming out of Santa Cruz, and has clocked up over 12k followers.