Female Olympian and Paralympian Events

Analyses, Backgrounds, and Timelines

  • Linda K. Fuller

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Linda K. Fuller
    Pages 25-195
  3. Linda K. Fuller
    Pages 197-241
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 249-290

About this book


Female Olympian and Paralympian Events is a groundbreaking book that examines women’s sports in the Olympic and Paralympic Games, which have long been underappreciated and under-analyzed. The book begins with a brief background on women’s participation in the Olympic Games and their role relative to the International Olympic Committee, then introduces the underlying Gendered Critical Discourse Analysis theory used throughout the book’s analysis before delving into a literature review of female Olympians and Paralympians’ events. It includes a listing of noteworthy “firsts” in the field, followed by individual discussions of twenty-eight Summer and seven Winter events, analyzed according to their historical, rhetorical, and popular cultural representations. Women’s unique role(s) in the various events are discussed, particular athletes and Paralympic events are highlighted, and original tables are also included. At the end of each section, affiliated organizations and resources are included in this invaluable referential volume.


Olympic Studies Women's Olympic Sports Paralympics Paralympic Studies Gender and the Olympics Gender Equality and Sports Gendered Critical Discourse Analysis

Authors and affiliations

  • Linda K. Fuller
    • 1
  1. 1.Worcester State UniversityWorcester, MAUSA

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