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How has the participation in the games by women changed during the history of the Olympics and what are the reasons for these changes Plan -Quick Introduction of women in general and sporting issues for them -First Participation of women in Games 1900 -Go through significant Olympics Chronological Order and how changed -Things which restricted opportunity 1928 games 800m -Reasons for change what was overcome Equality Cultural World wars Religion IOC International Olympic Committee and De Coubertin In many societies women do not have an equal opportunity to participate in sport It is necessary to tease out desired differences in role from culturally induced discrimination and look at others countered to see if we can learn from them It is important to recognize that this is not fundamentally a sport issue but is a case of social inequality which is also evident itself in sport The physiological differences between male and female are the source of sexual stereotyping but cultural traditions and trends distort and exaggerate the malefemale roles in society to the extent that basic freedoms are denied The differentiation of sex roles in society stems from the traditional notion of family life This tradition recognizes the role of the woman as a wife and mother where her leisure time is committed to home and family Though it was originally very much a middle class concept it became a feature of the respectable working class family The development of this stereotype coincided with the emergence of modern sport and this resulted in a dominance of men There are a large number of myths about the capacity of women to cope in sport Many of these are being refuted as illustrated by the successful inclusion of a womens marathon in he 1988 Olympic Games but it is a slow process of eroding traditional attitudes In the Ancient Olympic Games women were forbidden to take part In fact they were
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