Women in Sports

  • Susan B. Anthony

    Susan B. Anthony
    Susan B. Anthony published her first weekly journal on January 8, 1868 in "The Revolution." In her first article she was to inform about women (white and African American) suffrage. Along with the general suffrage topic, such as equal pay and work, more liberal laws for divorce, and church positions should be open to women as well, not just men. She also continued to press on with different tactics to achieve suffrage for women. Anthony is the most important suffragist from what she has done.
  • Bicycle Craze

    Bicycle Craze
    The invention of the bicycle created a new want in everyone. Owning the newest bike was the "thing." However, women were suggested to not buy this way of transportation because of rumors that there is a possibility that the seat and make of bicycles could damage the female's lady areas. Soon enough, the creation of the "Safety" bike came around that claimed to be better suited for women. From this invention steps had been made to allow women to purchase the same items.
  • Smith College and Basketball

    Smith College and Basketball
    Senda Berenson Abott began the less physically demanding sports for females at Smith College. Abott revised the rules of the game of basketball in order to create a less physical game. A couple of the rule shanges were no more tham three dribbles, not allowed to play on a full court and not allowed to snatch the ball. With the revised plan, females began to be more active in a less physically demanding setting.
  • First Olympics With Women Athletes

    First Olympics With Women Athletes
    During the Summer Olympics in Paris, women were finally allowed to participate in the olympics. The events these women could enter was tennis and golf. From then, slowly over the years more sports and games were added to the list of sports women can compete in. The most recent addition was women boxing in 2012.
  • Babe Zaharias

    Babe Zaharias
    Born June 26th, 1911 Babe grew to become one of the most athletic indivuals of all time. She accomplished high standars in golf, basketball, and track and field. By the end of the 20th Century she is listed as the 9th Greatest Athlete. Through her hard work she serves as a role model to younger women. She serves this role because her hardwork paid off in the end where she participated in AAU, PGa tournaments, All American status in basketball, and won medals in the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics.
  • Margaret Goss

    Margaret Goss
    Margaret Goss self proclaimed herself as the first female journalist to cover women's sports for the daily newspaper. She wrote during the years 1924 and 1925. During her time writing she was the only woman at the time whose articles made regular appearances in the sports column. She began a forum column called "Women in Sports" that contained articles she wrote about champion female athletics. From her articles, more attention was centered on women in sports.
  • Gerturde Ederle Swims English Channel

    Gerturde Ederle Swims English Channel
    Gerturde Ederle took on the challenge of swimming the English Channel only five men had attempted this challenge and she beat all of the men's times. She accomplished this milestone at the age of twenty. Not only did she swim the English Channel, she competed in the olympics as well.
  • Billy Jean King

    Billy Jean King
    Billy Jean King, born Noveber 22, 1943, was a female tennis player who accomplished a lot during her prime. Between the years 1961 and 1972, she recorded 20 Wimbledon titles. She was challenged by Riggs to a match and won. This proved to many that women are capable of competing with and against men in sports.
  • Billy Jean King Video

  • Roberta Louise "Bobbi" Gibb

    Roberta Louise "Bobbi" Gibb
    Bobbi entered a marathon and planned to compete in the race. She trained with her coach covering a lot of miles a days. When time came to run the race, she heard from the marathon director that she would not be allowed to particpate. However, this did not stop her. She ended up jumpin in with the pack after they had started. She proved that day that women can run the length just like men.
  • Title IX

    Title IX
    Title IX was passed in order to help in equalizing opportunities between men and women. With this, womens participation in sports, opportunities for scholarships, and equal ability to use equipment and facilities began to become regulated and enforced. This rule enforces that college teams have a certain amount of female athletes compared to the number of male athletes and if the school lacks the numbers than there is a hefty charge. This rule has become a factor in equalizing participation.
  • Title IX Video: What do you think?