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Women, Sport and Modernity in Interwar Britain

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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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advertisements x–xi, 91, 135, 138, 185, 195, 210–19, 221–27 advertisers 127, 203, 208, 210, 213–16, 219, 221–27, 245 advertising 16, 181, 186, 195, 210–14, 221, 223–24, 230, 248 AEWFHA see All-England Women’s Field Hockey Association All-England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTCC) 86, 244 All-England Women’s Field Hockey Association (AEWFHA) ix, 1, 55–57, 85, 231 see also hockey amateurism 110, 257 Anchor Mills 163–64 athletics 114, 157, 167, 231 Australia 80, 153, 155, 254 backlash model 3–4 badminton 49, 76, 90, 167, 177, 189, 217, 237, 239 Basingstoke 3, 250 bathing costumes 206 mixed 136–37 suits 137, 205, 216, 226 baths 34, 133–35, 138, 175 see also swimming; municipal Beardmore, Dalmuir site 148 Beardmore, William 147–49 Beardmore News 67, 162, 164–65, 170– 71, 174–77, 245 beauty 92, 140, 184, 186, 197–98, 204, 207, 215, 252, 256, 258 Belle 66, 72, 77, 91, 138–39, 202, 237 Board of Education 29, 243 Memorandum on Physical Education 31–32 bodies 18–19, 31, 33, 54, 69, 96–97, 106, 114, 137, 171, 183–84, 227, 233, 249, 252 Bolton Women Cotton Workers 172 bowling 116–17, 120, 124, 161, 163 greens 104–5, 124, 130 boys 19, 22, 31, 34–37, 40, 44, 49–50, 64, 86–87, 89, 108, 200, 231 Britain 1–3, 6–7, 9, 12, 26, 29–30, 51, 69, 80, 86, 111, 115, 136, 142, 150, 153, 178, 188, 191, 212,...

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