Women have been competing in sports for hundreds of years, though achieving equality in the athletic world is arguably an ongoing struggle. Just consider these vintage photos of women participating in pastimes ranging from baseball and tennis to golf and boxing, often hampered by skirts or dresses to maintain "ladylike" appearances. These photos reveal women from the early 1900s sliding, swinging, and winning, regardless of the restrictive clothing they wore.
Pitcher For The New York Female Giants, 1913
Miss Katharine Harley, Former Women's Golf Champion Of The U.S., 1908
Girls Basketball Team, C. 1912
Tennis Champion Elisabeth "Bessie" Holmes Moore, C. 1910