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By M.D. Bialeschki

A transforming into physique of women's stories literature and relaxation literature exists. This specified ebook brings jointly those parts in a manner that permits the reader to view women's rest from a number of views assisting to supply possibilities for equality, integrity and freedom of selection inside rest.

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Considerable criticism of female sporting activities may have been because women’s sport participation represented a threat to traditional gender roles and to the patriarchy in general. Sporting ability was hardly compatible with women’s traditional subordinate role; in fact, sport had the potential to equalize relations between the sexes. By minimizing socially constructed sex differences that had only tenuous biological bases, sport posed a serious threat to the myth of female frailty (Lenskyj, 1986).

For example, in 1908 the faculty wives and women residing in 32 A Leisure of One’s Own the neighborhoods around Spelman and Morehouse Colleges met to find some means for meeting the urgent need for children’s play space. In Atlanta, Georgia, not a single playground or park existed for black children. The women persuaded the administration of Morehouse College to allow use of part of its grounds for a playground. The women in turn agreed to organize the supervision of the playground and to raise funds for playground equipment.

The vote had been won, but many women’s rights issues were still unsolved. Male supremacist values tended to be fostered by the post World War I economic depression, the growing influence of anti-feminist Freudianism, the “Red Scare” (which swept the United States and Canada after World War I and targeted such women as Jane Addams, Carrie Chapman and organizations such as the Women’s Christian Temperance Union and the Young Women’s Christian Association), and the growth of the authoritarianism in governments.

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