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Active bodies : a history of women's physical education in twentieth-century America / Martha H. Verbrugge.

  • Verbrugge, Martha H.
[2012], ©2012
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Also known as

History of women's physical education in twentieth-century
History of women's physical education in 20th century


Oxford : Oxford University Press, [2012], ©2012.

Physical description

xi, 391 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references (p. [339]-377) and index.


Introduction: body, science, and difference in the gym -- "Who is that woman?": female physical educators, 1890s-1940s -- Active womanhood and the science of sex differences, 1890s-1940s -- Gym periods and monthly periods, 1900-1940 -- Gender, race, and equity: Howard University and the University of Nebraska -- "The joy of hard play": competitive activities for college women, 1920s-1950s -- Separate and unequal: the public schools of Washington, D.C., 1890s-1950s -- "It's just the gym": female physical educators, 1950-2005 -- Physical fairness: science, feminism, and sex differences, 1950-2005 -- Exercising caution: physical activity and reproductive health, 1940-2005 -- Conclusion: justice in the gym.


  • English

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    History of Medicine JKJ.6.AA9


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  • 9780195168792
  • 0195168798