From: Immodest and Sensational
1940-1955. Examines the effect of the war on women’s sports and how the immidiate post-war period was characterized by a remarkable emphasis on beauty, grace, femininity and, for some athletes, glamour. Gone for the most part were debates about whether or not sport would masculinize women competitors, because the proof was there for all to see: so long as women participated in “beauty producing” sports like figure skating, synchronized swimming or gymnastics, and so long as they looked feminineon the tennis or badminton courts, golf courses and ski hills, they would not be criticized.on the tennis or badminton courts, golf courses and ski hills, they would not be criticized. Looks at some particular women who were seen as sweethearts of sport at this time
M. Ann Hall
M. ANN HALL is a Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, where she taught for over thirty years. Her most recent publication is The Girl and the Game: A History of Women's Sport in Canada.