During the last four decades women’s and gender history have become vibrant fields including studies of attitudes regarding the limited physical and other abilities of females as well as studies of the accomplishments of notable female athletes. We have become increasingly aware that women have made contributions to physical education, dance and sport that go far beyond being teachers, athletes and coaches. They have created and implemented an astonishing variety of programs intended to serve the needs of large numbers of children and youth sometimes organizing student health services, as well as chairing departments of physical education. They have worked as directors of sport, physical education and dance, running playgrounds and recreational facilities and have created and/or served as important officers of a variety of sporting organizations.
This book explores the contributions and achievements of women in a variety of historical and geographical contexts which, not surprisingly opens opportunities for additions, revisions and counter-narratives to accepted histories of physical education and sport science. It seeks to broaden our understandings about the backgrounds, motivations and achievements of dedicated women working to improve health and bodily practices in a variety of different arenas and for often different purposes.
This book was previously published as a special issue of the International Journal of the History of Sport.
Table of Contents
1. Prologue: Reaffirming Mary Wollstonecraft: Extending the Dialogue on Women, Sport and Physical Activities Roberta J. Park and Patricia Vertinsky 2. From Physical Educators to Mothers of the Dance: Margaret H’Doubler and Martha Hill Patricia Vertinsky 3. The Physical is Political: Women’s Suffrage, Pilgrim Hikes, and the Public Sphere Jaime Schultz 4. From Alice Milliat to Marie-Therese Eyquem: Revisiting Women’s Sport in France, 1920s-1960s Thierry Terret 5. Eliza Maria Mosher. Pioneering Woman Physician and Advocate for Physical Education Alison M. Wrynn 6. Recreation and Racial Politics in the Young Women’s Christian Association of the United States, 1920s-1950s Martha H. Verbrugge 7. Leading the Way in Science, Medicine and Physical Training: Female Physicians in Academia, 1890-1930 Susan G. Zieff 8. Empowering Women Through Sport: Women’s Basketball in Brazil and the Significant Role of Maria Helena Cardoso Claudia M. Guedes 9. Strong, Athletic and Beautiful: Edmondo De Amicis and the Ideal Italian Woman David Chapman and Gigliola Gori 10. Women as Leaders: What Women Have Attained In and Through the Field of Physical Education Roberta J. Park 11. Epilogue: Retrospectus J.A. Mangan
Roberta J. Park is based at the Department of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley, USA.
Patricia Vertinsky is based at the University of British Columbia, Canada.
With this collection, Park (emer., Univ. of California, Berkeley) and Vertinsky (Univ. of British Columbia) expand the definition of sport....the book is cohesive in its expanded take on sport....Summing up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above; general readers.—CHOICE, December 2011, S. K. Fields, Ohio State University