Women and sport in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
Women's access to sports and physical education is a story made by advances and retreats, punctuated by discrimination, mentalities’ shifts and social achievements. In fact, by the end of
1800, women's participation in sporting events was only looked upon as entertainment, giving particular attention to body and facial postures, and to feminine beauty, setting physical
strength, agility and skill of the athletes as second level of importance. The Summer Olympics are a clear illustration of this historical path. The "Women and Sport in the nineteenth and
twentieth centuries" conference, organized by the Institute of Contemporary History (Faculty of Social and Human Sciences - Nova University of Lisbon), seeks to analyze, in a critical and
integrated way, the history of this journey, watching its multiple dimensions and approaches: social, economic, political, cultural, legal, ethical, organizational, media, medical and gender.
This meeting aims to provide a space of discussion, seeking to stimulate and further develop studies in the History of Sports, particularly in the field of History of Women’s Sports.