Histories of Women’s Work in Global Sport: A Man’s World?

Edited by Georgia Cervin and Claire Nicolas


Sport has never been a man’s world. As this volume shows, women have served key roles not only as athletes and spectators, but as administrators, workers, decision-makers, and leaders in sporting organizations around the world. Contributors excavate scarce archival material to uncover histories of women’s work in sport, from swimming teachers in nineteenth-century England to national sports administrators in twentieth-century Côte d’Ivoire, and many places in between. Their work has been varied, holding roles as teachers, wives, and secretaries in sporting contexts around the world, often with diplomatic functions—including at the 1968 and 1992 Olympic Games. Finally, this collection shows how gender initiatives have developed in sporting institutions in Europe and international sport federations today. With a foreword by Grégory Quin and afterword by Anaïs Bohuon, this is a pioneering study into gender and women’s work in global sport.


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  1.  Introduction: Georgia Cervin and Claire Nicolas
  2.  Historiographical and Epistemological Challenges: Florys Castan-Vicente, Georgia Cervin and Claire Nicolas
  3. Late Nineteenth Century Swimming Teachers in England: Dave Day 
  4. A Comparative Re-Examination of Alice Milliats Suzanne Lenglens and Marie Thérèse Eyquems Trajectories: Florys Castan-Vicente
  5.  Recentring Marisa Bonacossa Lydia Zanchi and Suzanne Otth within International Sport Organizations: Quentin Tonnerre, Philippe Vonnard and Nicola Sbetti
  6. Unsung Women Federal Leaders Within the Labour Sport Federation in France from Its Establishment to the Second Postwar Period: Yannick Deschamps
  7. A Case Study Comparison of the Presence of Women in Two Olympic Organizing Committees: Mexico 1968 and Barcelona 1992:  Alberto Aragón-Pérez and Axel Elias Jiménez
  8. Having a Place of One’s Own: Doing a Feminist Ethnography of the Swiss Shooting Museums Archives: Solène Froidevaux, 
  9. From Handball Courts to Ministries: The Cousins of Côte d’Ivoire: Clare Nicolas 
  10. From the Carpet to the Executive Committee: Women Leading Women’s Gymnastics: Georgia Cervin, Gregory Quin and Axel Elias Jiménez
  11. The Promotion of Women in Sport Within the Council of Europe and the European Sport Conference from the 1960s to the 1990s: Stefan Scholl
  12. Women Within International Sports Federations: Contemporary Challenges: Lucie Schoch and Joséphine Clausen
  13. Afterword: Doing History of Gender and Sport: A Feminist Perspective as a French Sports Historian and Practitioner: Anaïs Bohuon