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How has the participation in games by women changed during the history of the Olympics and what are the reasons for these changes? Plan

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Olympics How has the participation in games by women changed during the history of the Olympics and what are the reasons for these changes? Plan 1st paragraph - introduction - talk about what I am writing about. Give an overview. 2nd paragraph - chronological order - discusses the early events of how women 1st became involved with the Olympic Games. 3rd paragraph - discusses how women gradually became more involved with the Olympics. 4th paragraph - talk about when women started to compete in track events and compete along with men 5th paragraph - discusses about women taking drugs and becoming involved in team games. 6th paragraph - discusses modern day and how women compete in everything men compete in. 7th paragraph - conclusion. Women have overcome bigotry and indifference towards their participation in sport and particularly the Olympic Games. However, the number of events and athletes and members of the IOC have increased and will continue to increase if the participation of women is given better media coverage and more female representation in the decision-making corridors are encouraged. ...read more.

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In 1920 one hundred and thirty six women from twenty countries competed in tennis, swimming, archery, figure skating and yachting then in 1922 the first women Olympic Games took place in Paris in protest at the exclusion of women by the amateur athletics federation. Athletes from eight countries competed in eleven athletic events before crowds of thirty thousand people. In 1928 eight women competed in the 800m in Amsterdam. 5 out of the 8 women that competed collapsed resulting in the event being banned for 36 years. In 1956 at the winter games in Italy the first female took the Olympic oath for all competitors and in 1960 Rome saw an increase in female competitors five times that of men. There were now 30 women's events with 537 competitors. In 1968 at Mexico City, Enriquetta Basilio became the first woman to carry the Olympic flame into the stadium and sex tests were introduced for women. In 1981 the 11th Olympic congress now had six women delegates from 149 NOCs. First women appointed to the international Olympic committee. Princess Anna was to become one of Britain's members. ...read more.

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Sport was predominantly a male based activity along with much of society so women saw this unequal and they too wanted to participate in sport as well have equal rights in society. There are still some problems with women competing in sport for instance Muslim countries will still not allow women of their religion to compete in sport as it goes against what they believe to be right. Some sports for instance rugby still do not advertise women as much as they do men but at this moment in time women are indeed excelling in all sports and I am sure one day women and men will compete together and against each other in all sports. I believe the main reason why women have become more involved in sport is due to the social side of it. When women wanted equal rights I believe this overlapped into sport and this is how women participation began. I believe women have every right to be equal to men in all sports and believe one day this will be the case. MICHAEL MCDONNELL 12SH [1101 WORDS] ...read more.

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