Exercise in the Female Life-Cycle in Britain, 1930-1970
This book examines how
adolescence, menstruation and pregnancy were experienced or `managed' by
active women in Britain between 1930 and 1970, and how their athletic
life-styles interacted with their working lives, marriage and motherhood. It explores
the gendered barriers which have influenced women's sporting experiences.
Women's lives have always been shaped by the socially and physically constructed life-cycle, and this is all the more apparent when we look at female
exercise. Even self-proclaimed `sporty'
women have had to negotiate obstacles at various stages of their lives to try
and maintain their athletic identity. So how did women overcome these
obstacles to gain access to exercise in a time when the sportswoman was not an
image society was wholly comfortable with? Oral history testimony and
extensive archival research show how the physically and socially constructed
female life-cycle shaped women's experiences of exercise and sport throughout