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Women, Sport and Modernity in Interwar Britain


Fiona Skillen

This book offers a unique examination of women’s increasing involvement in sport during the period 1919-1939. Focusing primarily on sites of participation, it analyses where and how women accessed sport and their participation across class, age and marital groups. It also demonstrates the diverse ways in which sport was incorporated into women’s everyday lives, with particular emphasis on the important and yet often neglected area of informal participation, so fundamental to understandings of women’s sport. The unique combination of in-depth studies, drawing on the voices of the women themselves through oral testimonies, and the tracing of broad national and international trends, contributes to an innovative and comprehensive exploration of the evolution of women’s sports participation across Britain during this significant period.


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AEWFHA All-England Women’s Field Hockey Association BMJ British Medical Journal B of E Board of Education (England) HMSO Her Majesty’s Stationery Of fice IWS Industrial Welfare Society LGU Ladies’ Golf Union LTA Lawn Tennis Association NAS National Archives of Scotland SED Scottish Education Department SLGA Scottish Ladies’ Golf Association SLTA Scottish Lawn Tennis Association SWHA Scottish Women’s Hockey Association

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