|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.