Interest in women's sports blossomed in the last quarter of the twentieth century. More women and girls participated in sports from childhood to professional levels, and more authors wrote about them. The Spalding Company, makers of sports equipment, issued a series of guides to promote athletics for women. The 1930 edition of Outdoor Baseball for Girls and Women [catalog record] recommends that baseball be “an important part of the sports curriculum of every American girl” and that it is “especially important for girls in that it offers a rich opportunity for training in social adjustment.” Because of good subject headings and published bibliographies, books on women's sports are usually easy to find.
The Library holds many books and periodicals on other topics related to recreational and leisure activities. A few subjects include: toys, dolls, exercise, sex discrimination in sports, physical education for girls, Title IX, and lesbians in sports.
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The following titles represent resources which may prove useful in your search for games and hobbies, and women in sports. Each titles links to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog.