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Author Bier, Lisa, 1971-

Title Fighting the current : the rise of American women's swimming, 1870-1926 / Lisa Bier.

Published Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2011.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  797.210820973 BIER    AVAILABLE
Physical description vi, 214 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Machine generated contents note: 1.Safe Waters -- 2.Swimming Schools and Kate Bennett, New York's Swimming Instructor Extraordinaire -- 3.Swimming for All -- 4.Swimming as Spectacle -- 5.The Rise of the Amateur Movement -- 6.International Waters -- 7.The Water-Safety Movement and the Volunteer Life Saving Corps -- 8.Women and the Volunteer Life Saving Corps -- 9.Elaine Golding, Rose Pitonof, and the Rise of the Female Racer -- 10.The National Women's Life Saving League -- 11.Looking Towards the Olympic Games -- 12.Sullivan's Last Stand -- 13.Women Enter the World of Amateur Athletics -- 14.The New York Women's Swimming Association -- 15.Championships and the Beginnings of International Competition -- 16.The 1920 Olympic Games -- 17.Famous Athletes -- 18.The 1924 Olympic Games -- 19.Gertrude Ederle -- 20.The English Channel -- 21.Training -- 22.Gone to Neptune -- 23.Suspicions and Facts -- 24.Turning Professional -- 25.Try, Try Again -- 26.The Channel Again -- 27.Victory --
Contents note continued: 28.Homecoming.
Summary "This book describes the origins of women's competitive swimming in the United States. Women faced many obstacles to safe swimming opportunities, including restrictive beliefs about physical abilities, access to safe clean water, bathing suits that did not allow for movement, and opposition from official sporting organizations. This book is a testament to how far female athletes have come"--Provided by publisher.
Subject Ederle, Gertrude, 1906-2003.
Olympic Games (7th : 1920 : Antwerp, Belgium)
Olympic Games (8th : 1924 : Paris, France)
Olympic athletes -- History.
Swimming for women -- United States -- History.
Swimming -- United States -- History.
ISBN 9780786440283 (softcover : alk. paper)
0786440287 (softcover : alk. paper)