Muslim female athletes: Move Forward, But Don't Forget Your Faith. Women were prohibited from the inaugural modern Olympic Games in 1896, according to Afghan sprinter Robina Muqimyar. Four years later, ladies were allowed to play "ladylike" activities like tennis, golf, and croquet.
In 1908, women were permitted to compete in athletic events alongside men. Anoka Jones is considered the first African-American woman athlete to compete at the Olympics. She competed in three events: 100-yard dash, high jump, and long jump. In 1920, women were given full membership in the IOC.
Women's athletics has come a long way since then. Now it's one of the most popular sports for female athletes around the world.
Women have been playing competitive soccer since the 1930s. Originally called "feminine football," the game was banned by some organizations who believed it was too physical. The American Football Association was one such group that banned the sport because they thought girls' basketball was enough exercise for them.
The first Women's World Cup took place in China in 1991. It was originally planned as a single tournament but has now become an annual event. The USWNT has won the title five times so far.
Women have been competing in gymnastics since its inception in 1892.
1900 Even in the early years of the modern Olympics, women were underrepresented (a rival women's Olympics was conducted as a result). Women competed in lawn tennis and golf for the first time in the 1900 Paris Games, which included women's activities. Women's sailing events were introduced in the same year.
1908 Women were admitted to membership in the International Lawn Tennis Federation (ILTF) and granted international rankings. They could therefore compete with men for honours. The first woman to win an Olympic medal in any sport was Violetta Lewitzka who took gold in lawn tennis at the 1908 London Games. She was followed by three more British athletes who won further medals in 1912.
1920 Women were permitted to take part in golf at the Olympic Games for the first time. However, they were still not allowed to play against men or use male balls/clubs so they had to be represented by female players. In all sports except swimming, women were allowed to compete from the 1932 Los Angeles Games onwards. Swimming was the only sport where women were not allowed to participate until 1984.
1976 In athletics, women were finally allowed to compete against men and receive equal pay. This rule was later extended to all other sports as well.
1988 At the Seoul Games, women for the first time accounted for 100% of all athletic medals awarded.
Tennis and golf were the only solo sports in which women could compete. At the 1900 Games, 22 women competed, accounting for 2.2 percent of all athletes. Women participated in croquet alongside sailing, golf, and tennis. Women competed in the Olympic Games for the first time ever. Croquet was an indoor sport that used a wooden ball and a mallet-like club to hit it.
In 1920, women were allowed in the Olympic marathon for the first time. A female Japanese runner named Fukuoka Yoko ran from Los Angeles to New York City with the goal of winning $10,000. She finished in eight days! In 1948, the marathon event was dropped from the program because so many people were running the race that it wasn't fair for the rest of the participants. Women have been allowed in the Olympic games since then.
In 1976, women were given equal status with men at the Montreal Games. Previously, they had been allowed to compete in just two events: tennis and golf. Now they can compete in any sport where men are competing.
In 1980, women were granted full membership in the IOC. In 1984, women's boxing was added to the program. In 1988, softball was made available as an official Olympic sport. This is the only sport for women that does not have male counterparts. Instead, each country may enter a team or an individual into the tournament.