Women and Sports

Video: Rubgy Women by Eleanor Boyer

Level: High school
Subject: Gender studies, History, Social studies/science
Date: 1979
Duration: 12 minutes
A documentary about a women’s rugby team in Chicago in the late 1970’s. The video touches on the issues of women in sports and how they relate to traditional gender expectations of women.

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Discussion questions

  1. How do the male spectators feel about the women playing rugby?
  2. Why do the women enjoy playing rugby?
  3. Why do some women feel uncomfortable while playing rugby?
  4. What barriers did the women who want to play sports facing when this video was made? Are these barriers still around today?
  5. How are male athletes perceived in your school vs female athletes?

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