Sports: Breaking Records, Breaking Barriers
This online exhibit from the National Museum of American History introduces students to the pioneering men and women who dominated their sports; championed their country, race, or sex; and helped others thrive. Both on and off the field, these undaunted individuals broke records for themselves and broke barriers for us all.
The Forgotten History of Women’s Football
Several women’s football leagues formed during the 20th century—one from the 1930s even became a national sensation—but they’re barely remembered today. Read this Smithsonian magazine article to rediscover these women’s football leagues.
A Brief History of Women’s Figure Skating
You might be surprised to learn that this sport where women now shine was initially seen as solely the purview of male athletes. Read this Smithsonian magazine article to learn how and why that has changed.
Aupa Neskak! Women in Basque Rural Sports
Visitors who saw the Smithsonian’s 2016 Folklife Festival exhibit on Herri kirolak, or Basque rural sports, may have been surprised to see that the majority of athletes competing were women. This was no accident. One of the reasons these female athletes came was to show the world what women can do. Read this festival report to learn more about their endeavors.
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