Amazing moments in women's sport!

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We’re celebrating 100 years since women got the vote by looking at 8 milestone moments in women’s sporting history.

So join us on a time-travelling adventure, starting with a trip to 16th Century Scotland...

16th Century: The Mother of Golf

As if ruling over a country wasn’t time consuming enough, Mary Queen of Scots always found time for her other passion, golf.

In fact, it is said Mary was the first recorded woman golfer.

When Mary played golf, she called her assistants ‘cadets’, and invented the word ‘caddy’, which has been used ever since. The famous St. Andrews golf course in Scotland was also built during her reign.

1900: Summer Olympic Games

Until 1900, the founder of the Olympic committee, Pierre de Coubertin, thought including women in the games would be “impractical, uninteresting and incorrect.”

But in the 1900 Summer Games in Paris, women could enter into five sports: tennis, croquet, sailing, golf and equestrian (horse riding events).

Out of a total of 997 athletes that took part, 22 of them were women (that’s 2.2%) Okay, so not a huge number, but definitely a good start!

1948: The Flying Housewife from Holland

When Fanny Blankers-Koen, a 30-year-old mum of two from the Netherlands competed in the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, many people thought she shouldn't take part because she was a mother and too old.

Fanny ignored her critics and won an amazing four gold medals, making her the most successful athlete at the entire 1948 Games, earning her the nickname The Flying Housewife.

Fanny inspired millions of women, men and children and proved that you can achieve the impossible.

1973: The Battle of the Sexes

In 1973, former Wimbledon male singles champion, Bobby Riggs, challenged female tennis player, Bille Jean King, to see who was the best player.

The match was dubbed the “Battle of the Sexes” and caused a storm when over 90 million people tuned in to watch it on TV.

Not only did Billie walk away as the champion, improving the credibility of the women’s game, she also pocketed a $100,000 prize. Not bad for a few hours work.

1991: FIFA World Cup

Twelve teams from around the world descended on China in November 1991 to compete for the title of World Champions in the first ever FIFA Women's World Cup.

The final of the tournament saw the USA take on Norway in front of a crowd of 65,000 in a dramatic match that the USA won 2-1.

It did however take a while for the news to reach the winning nation, as the match was not even on T.V. in America!

2007: Grand Slam Equal Pay

Don’t you hate it when your brother or sister gets more pocket money than you do?

Well, that’s how women tennis players have felt in the past, when men won more prize money than women.

In 2007, Wimbledon became the last of the four major tennis tournaments to offer equal prize money to men and women, so female singles champion, Venus Williams walked away with £700,000, the same amount as men’s champion, Roger Federer.

2012: Summer Olympic Games

Remember back in the 1900 Olympics, just 2% of the athletes were women?

Well how things have changed in women’s sport. London 2012 was the first Olympic Games in which:

  • Women competed in all 26 sports in the programme
  • All 204 participating countries included women
  • The USA team had more women than men for the first time ever!

London 2012 was a fantastic games for the women in the British team, who took away 17 gold medals in six different sports.

2015: The Boat Race

Two teams of eight rowers compete for their university in the annual Oxford v Cambridge Boat Race on the River Thames in London.

Since 1829, the men's and women's races took place on separate days with the men’s race attracting more media attention and sponsorship for the teams.

But from 2015, the women have competed on the same course as the men and get equal television coverage and money, which is fantastic for the future of the women's race.

Did you know...

6 February 2018 marks 100 years since women in Britain were allowed to vote for the first time. Find out more with Newsround.

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