How Female Olympians Overcame Death Threats, Floor-Length Tennis Skirts, And More
Activists want the Olympics to ban Saudi Arabia from participating until the country allows women to compete. Here's a look back at the long history of women fighting for equality as Olympic athletes.
Ancient Greece: The very first Games included no women.
1896: The first Modern Olympics in Athens take place with no lady competitors.
1900: Women compete for the first time at the Paris Olympics.
1912: Women's swimming is added.
1928: Women run a 800 meter race, but six of them collapse.
1960: Women can finally compete in races longer than 200m again.
1999: Afghanistan banned from Olympics.
2000: Women allowed to compete in weightlifting.
2004: Afghanistan returns, two women compete.
2004: Kuwait sends its first woman to the Olympics in Athens.
2008: Ruqaya Al Ghasara of Bahrain wins 200m sprint.
2012: Activists call for Saudi Arabia to be barred from Olympics.
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