A Sociological Perspective of Women in Sport in Australia Essay

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Contents
1.0: Rationale 2
2.0: Analysis of Text and Research 3
2.1: Women’s Sport in Australia - A Sociological Perspective 3
2.1.1: 1800’s 3
2.1.2: 1900’s 3
2.1.3: 2000 to Present 4
2.2: Changes within Women’s Sport 4
2.2.1: Uniform 4
2.2.2: Role Models 4
2.2.3: Prize money 4
2.3: Tennis at Brisbane Girls Grammar School 5
2.3.1: History of Tennis at Brisbane Girls Grammar School 5
2.3.2: Changes within Tennis at Brisbane Girls Grammar School 5
2.4: Women’s sport in the media 5
3.0: Evaluation 6
4.0: Recommendations 6
4.1: Number of Females Participating in Sport 6
4.2: Profile of Female Athletes in the Media 6
5.0: Appendices 7
Appendix 1: Visual Evidence 7
Figure 1: Swimming uniforms in 1912 and 2007 7
Figure 2: Table of Comparison
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This section will outline how, throughout history, the role of Women in Society that has been reflected in the role of Women in Sport.

2.1: Women’s Sport in Australia - A Sociological Perspective

2.1.1: 1800’s

The role of women in society during the 1800s were to respect their husbands and be house wives. No life expectations were placed upon these women other than being a loyal wife to their husbands. Furthermore, the sports that were practised in school were light and gentle drills to prepare the girls for marriage and motherhood. However, a very small amount of the sports were open to women which lead to little amounts of women participation in sports. Even if the women had the talent or the dreams to become accepted in a certain sport, they were either humiliated by people in society or they were just plainly embarrassed to have taken a liking to a certain sport. Moreover, there was a certain type of body figure that every women strived to have, and this was the hourglass figure. This impacted the type of clothing they wore while playing sport to socialise. These clothing were heavy and modest which covered up much of their skin so these women did not show any inappropriate parts of their body.

This reflected upon the participation of sports for women as there were practically no professional tournaments open for women. If they were to play sports, it was for socialising and for leisure time. Virtually no women had

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