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A Turning Point in Women's Tennis

tennis circa 1930 © PHOTOSPORT.COM
At the start of the 1920s, women played - or more appropriately, attempted to play - in heavy, full length dresses. Quite possibly their advancement was also held back by anachronistic attitudes of what a woman's place was, either in society or on the field.

All of that nonsense changed in less than the space of a decade. A new attitude took over women's lives in all phases of life including sports, and by 1928 when this photo was taken women were finally free to pursue their goals.

Her dress still reaches below the knees but has loosened to allow the freedom of movement to vigorously play the sport. The changes are not limited to her attitudes and her outfit, she has (gulp!) definition and tone in her arms and she has cut her hair short in a bob as much to show her stylishness as permit her sporty lifestyle.




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