In Sparta , girls and young women did practice and compete locally. But, apart from Sparta, contests for young Greek women were very rare and probably limited to an annual local footrace. At Olympia , however, the Herean festival, held every four years in honour of the goddess Hera , included a race for young women, who were divided into three age groups. Yet the Herean race was not part of the Olympics they took place at another time of the year and probably was not instituted before the advent of the Roman Empire.
The rate of participation of women in the Olympics has been increasing since their first participation in Some sports are uniquely for women, others are contested by both sexes, while some older sports remain for men only. Studies of media coverage of the Olympics consistently show differences in the ways in which women and men are described and the ways in which their performances are discussed. The first Olympic Games to feature female athletes was the Games in Paris. There were several firsts in the women's golf. This was the first time ever that women competed in the Olympic Games. Abbott shot a 47 to win and became the first ever American female to win a gold medal in the Olympic Games,  though she received a gilded porcelain bowl as a prize instead of a medal. She is also the second overall American woman to receive an Olympic medal.
Great Female Olympic Achievements
February: The IOC took a historic step forward to advance gender equality and approve the Gender Equality Review Project with its 25 bold and action-orientated recommendations, covering areas such as participation, funding, governance and portrayal. For more information click here. October: The Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina, marked a new milestone as the first fully gender balanced Olympic event ever — both on the field of play, and within the Organising Committee. Female representation on IOC Commissions rose to This equates to a 98 per cent increase since Four women chaired an IOC Commission. A major review project regarding the current state of gender equality in the Olympic Movement was launched. Read the story here. Key dates in the history of women in the Olympic Movement. Women represented 40 per cent of the participants in the Olympic Winter Games.
This Friday night, July 27th, the eyes of the world will turn to London as the Olympic Games begin. For some of the athletes, their dreams will be realized, as they triumph in a sport they've been training for their entire lives. For others, their hopes will slip from their grasp, sometimes by a mere fraction of a second. But for all of us watching, it will be another galvanizing display of talent, inspiration and endurance. But what makes it even more exciting this year is that the Games haven't even begun, and Team U.