Before Title IX and the modern Olympics women participated in sports. Women being athletes is not a recent phenomenon; there is a history dating back as far as ancient civilization. There were times in which women were prohibited from competition and in response formed games of their own. Normally, the historiography of sport focused on […]Read more "A General Introduction to The History of Women in Sports"
The photograph above shows Francis Clalin, but like some women during the Civil War she disguised herself as a man to fight on the front. America was in lethal conflict with the north and south torn between the Union as well as a rebellious Confederacy. Francis enlisted in 1861 under the name Jack Williams. She […]Read more "Francis Clalin: Female Combat Soldier During the American Civil War"
This bronze statue dates back to 500 B.C.E depicting what archaeologist believe is a Spartan woman. This artifact is currently part of the British Museum’s collection. The statue is of interest because of what the woman is doing. The statue shows that she is engaging in exercise. While it could be that it is showing […]Read more "Spartan Woman Bronze Statue"
Angela Davis activist and author gives an interview in 1971 for a news film from Vibrations. This was filmed when she was on trial in a controversial California court case involving the Black Panthers. The introduction to the film refers to the Black Nationalist Movement and the Black Liberation Movement as “a militant minority […]Read more "Angela Davis Interview (1971)"
This photograph shows a young Aung San Suu Kyi giving a speech at a political rally during the 1990 Burmese elections. The National League of Democracy was the victor in the elections, but the military nullified the result.She was not running for office, but trying to get the party to win as many seats in […]Read more "Aung San Suu Kyi Addresses a Political Rally (1990)"
Benazir Bhutto became the first female Prime Minister of Pakistan. She was also the first female Prime Minister of a majority Muslim nation. She became active in politics when her father Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was deposed and executed by the military regime of Muhammad Zia Haq. Benazir Bhutto then organized under house arrest […]Read more "Benazir Bhutto Interview (1995)"
The second wave feminist movement was in full swing by the time this cover was printed for Newsweek. Inspired by the methods of the civil rights movement, women in the United States began to organize for equality in both the private and public spheres of society. This meant challenging employment discrimination, supporting reproductive rights, and […]Read more "Newsweek Magazine “Women in Revolt” Cover (1970)"