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Sports, Women in

Historically, sport and physical activity were positioned as masculine undertakings designed to demonstrate the virility of the participants in an effort to determine the worthiness of a man as a provider, protector, and warrior. Women were not allowed to watch the events, let alone compete in the events. As social and political changes surfaced in the European nations and early America during the 19th century, women began to test the boundaries of sport and physical activity participation, eventually gaining access and opportunity.

Women and the Ancient Olympic Games
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