On 14 June 1906, the British Parliament passed a bill banning women from dangerous sports after a female parachutist had fallen to her death.
Three months earlier, any woman interested in sport had been urged to confine herself to 'the lighter and more graceful forms of gymnastics and athletics and to make herself supreme in those'.
Sports to be avoided included hockey, lacrosse and netball.
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TUG OF WAR
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