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Sporty Women: The Desire to Compete

October 16, 2021 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Durham Museum
801 S 10th St
NE 68108
Included with Museum Admission (Free to Members!)
Sporty Women ExhibitSporty Women: The Desire to Compete

Exhibit on display February 1, 2020 – December 31, 2021

Equal treatment for women in sports is as modern a topic today as it was for women 100 years ago. Concepts of proper lady-like behavior both in actions and dress were present from the early days of female athletics. Using images from The Durham Museum Photo Archive, this exhibit highlights elements of conflicting standards that allowed women to compete in sports if they maintained the appearance of femininity. The selection of images traces changes over time to uniforms and sports women can play while highlighting the long-term conversation about the role of women as athletes.

Photo: Early sporting dress | 1911 | Homer O. Frohardt Collection | The Durham Museum Photo Archive HOFP-1927