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Female Olympians

A Mediated Socio-Cultural and Political-Economic Timeline


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Linda K. Fuller
    Pages 1-23
  3. Linda K. Fuller
    Pages 87-111
  4. Linda K. Fuller
    Pages 145-155
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 157-220

About this book


This book examines women's participation in the Olympic Games since they were allowed to be included in that global arena. Using a holistic, social scientific approach, and emphasizing the rhetoric of sport mediatization, Female Olympians reviews the literature relative to sexism, racism, and ageism before providing historical, political, economic, and socio-cultural perspectives  such as the gendered language of Olympic reportage, religious considerations, women’s bodies relative to their training for the Games, drugs and doping, and female Paralympians. With numerous critical case studies, never-before assembled data, and personal interviews with athletes, this volume offers insights that both investigate and celebrate female Olympians’ successes.


Olympic Games gender sport IOC sex testing Paralympics culture feminism history ideology individual media philosophy social science social structure sociology sports women

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Worcester State UniversityWorcesterUSA

About the authors

Linda K. Fuller is Professor of Communications at Worcester State University, USA. She is the author, editor, or coeditor of more than 20 books and 250 professional publications and conference reports. Her books include Sport, Rhetoric, and Gender: Historical Perspectives and Media Representations (Palgrave, 2006), African Women's Unique Vulnerabilities to HIV/AIDS: Communication Perspectives and Promises (Palgrave, 2008), Women, War, and Violence: Personal Perspectives and Global Activism (Palgrave, 2010), and The Power of Global Community Media (Palgrave, 2012).

Bibliographic information


“Fuller’s multifaceted Female Olympians offers an extensively researched study grounded in familiar, essential theories concerning issues of gendered power and privilege. … This comprehensible study will be of interest to scholars in several fields, as well as any individual interested in gendered Olympic history from a ‘mediated’ cultural focus. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers.” (A. Curtis, Choice, Vol. 54 (11), July, 2017)