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Play up! Play up! And play the game! Sport at the late Victorian girls' public schools

Play up! Play up! And play the game! Sport at the late Victorian girls' public schools

From ' fair sex' to feminism Sport and the socialization of women in the industrial and post industrial eras: 97-129

The emergence of sport in the late Victorian girls' public school is appraised. While intellectual training was the primary goal of the headmistresses of these elite institutions, they believed also that competition in games could provide girls with physical, and much more importantly, moral benefits. They clearly perceived, however, that the aims of games playing for girls had to be kept distinct from those for boys.

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