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Senda Berenson Abbott Biography

Need For Physical Education For Women, Different Rules For Women, Wrote The Definitive Rules BookSELECTED WRITINGS BY BERENSON:


American physical education teacher

Known as the mother of women's basketball, Senda Berenson Abbott, in 1893, recognized the potential of the sport for women. An advocate of physical education for women and a physical education teacher at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, she revised the rules the men played by. Her modifications to the rules were meant to shield her female students from overexertion and the competitive nature of team sports. The rules she created remained in use until the 1960s.


Line Basket Ball for Women, New York: A. G. Spaulding, 1901.

Sketch by Lorraine Savage

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