Patricia Vertinsky on Becoming and Being a Feminist Sport Historian: A Dialogue with Beccy Watson

  • Beccy Watson
  • Patricia Vertinsky


This chapter is based on a dialogue between Patricia Vertinsky and Beccy Watson. It was recorded in the autumn of 2016 and followed an earlier informal meeting in 2015 and some exchange of ideas over email. It captures some rich detail and commentary about Patricia’s academic career, which spans more than 40 years across physical education and kinesiology. Drawing on themes that run throughout much of her work, the chapter demonstrates that there is no simple definition for feminist sport history and/or feminist sport historians. Looking back and very much assessing the present, Patricia’s experiences and her commentary indicate that there continue to be numerous challenges for women working in kinesiology and sport science departments. Patricia provides a critical and insightful account of how and where feminism is needed in these areas as well as documenting some of its achievements.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Beccy Watson
    • 1
  • Patricia Vertinsky
    • 2
  1. 1.Leeds Beckett UniversityLeedsUK
  2. 2.University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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