Gender and African-American Sports

Course Code: 
WGS 3559
Bonnie Hagerman

In ancient Greece, women risked death if they attempted to compete in or even attend the Olympic Games.As Pierre de Coubertin looked to revive the games in 1896, he thought women better suited to cheering on the male victors, than competing themselves. This course will explore women's ancient sporting festivals, their participation in the revival of the Olympic Games, the pressures upon Olympic sportswomen to be feminine, and the important intersections of race, class, and sexual orientation. An important element in the class is to consider topics from a global perspective as well look to evaluate the future of the Olympic Games and women's place in this brave new world, both as athletes, as administrators, and as reporters.