SWIMMING HALL OF FAME TO PRESENT A MULTI-MEDIA SHOW CELEBRATING
100 YEARS OF WOMEN’S SWIMMING AND THE INCREDIBLE IMPACT SWIMMING
HAS HAD ON THE WOMEN’S RIGHTS MOVEMENT IN THE 20TH CENTURY
From Bloomers to Bikinis: How the Sport of Swimming Changed Our Culture
and the Status and Image of Women.
From Bloomers to Bikini’s: How the Sport of Swimming Changed The Status and Image of Women, is a multi-media exhibit of film, photos and a live fashion show that demonstrates how swimming acted as one of the most significant cultural forces in the women’s rights movement in the 20th Century. This exhibit shows how fifteen years before women won the right to vote, they won the right to learn to swim so they wouldn’t drown when a man wasn’t around to save them. Swimming changed the way women dressed, the way they thought about themselves and the way society thought about women and their role in society. The exhibit primarily focuses on five women swimmers who broke through the social and moral barriers that held women back during the Victorian era: Annette Kellerman, the Australian beauty who was possibly the most influential female cultural icon of the 20th Century; Charlotte Epstein, a New York City court reporter who forced the American Olympic Committee to accept women as athletes; Gertrude Ederle, who accomplished the single greatest athletic feat by a woman when she swam the English Channel in 1926, proving that women were physically capable of performing strenuous activities equally with men; Esther Williams, the swimming champion who brought Kellerman’s life to the big Screen in the “Million Dollar Mermaid”; and, Donna deVarona, the California girl whose compelling testimony before congress lead to the passage of Title IX legislation, fostering equitable opportunities for women in sports, the classroom and in the workplace.
Tickets $25 non members, $15 members
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On Thursday, November 8, ISHOF presented the first
performance of "From Bloomers to Bikinis" before over
250 people in the Clarence and Betty Pinkston
Auditorium at the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
To find out more about the show, see the video on ISHOF's Podcast #6 and you can also view more footage
from the performance from YouTube: