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The Rise and Fall of the Sportswoman

Women's Health, Fitness, and Athletics, 1860-1940


Gregory K. Stanley

The Rise and Fall of the Sportswoman examines health and fitness advice for American women in the years 1860-1940. It describes the factors that propelled the sportswoman to the level of a highly visible cultural symbol. Blending together medical, educational, social, and cultural history, it also discusses how this symbol eventually collapsed, all but disappearing from the landscape of American social thought.