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I've always loved strength and muscularity. By becoming stronger, my own personality developed and I became more feminine.

Bev Francis


She's Game: Women Making Australian Sporting History highlights the achievements of Australian women who have contributed to Australian sporting life and culture. Athletes, coaches, administrators, journalists and volunteers are recognised for the important roles they have played in Australian sporting history. Some of the people in the stories are elite athletes who became sporting heroines and household names, but many of the stories are about women whose achievements have been hitherto overlooked. Bringing these lesser known stories to light became our research priority.

Short historical notes, entered into a searchable database linked to this exhibition, have been prepared for over 100 women, teams and organisations. Some contain links to further bibliographical and archival resources. Longer essays have been prepared about a selection of women and organisations.

This exhibition is a project of the National Foundation for Australian Women as part of the Foundation's ongoing initiative, the Australian Women's Archives Project.

Work on this project was generously funded in 2006-7 by the Australian Government through the Women's Leadership and Development Programme.