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.
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2013. 270 pp., 5 b/w ill., 19 tables, 2 graphs
Fiona Skillen completed her PhD in the department of Economic and Social History at the University of Glasgow. She is currently
a lecturer in Sport Management, Glasgow School for Business and Society, Glasgow Caledonian University.