Date of Award

Spring 1974

Document Type




First Advisor

Sandra Williamson

Third Advisor

Allen Pope


The male half of our species has participated in various physical activities for numerous years. Yet, until recently, it was unheard of for women to engage in many of these activities. Why? Because of past myths our society has gathered down through the years in response to women and physical exertion. For years women participated only in those feminine sports which took little strength and little mental discipline. Many felt that a real "lady" could not endure physical nor mental pressure. While Uncle Sam was encouraging the United States to build men in body, mind, and spirit, the women were being pampered to the point that they were becoming relatively physically unfit.