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Linda J. Borish

Linda J. Borish is an Associate Professor of History and Women's Studies Program, Department of History, Western Michigan University. Borish earned a Ph.D. in American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research focuses on American women’s sport and health history and American Jewish women’s history. Borish’s publications include chapters in With God on their Side: Sport in the Service of Religion; Sport and Physical Education in Jewish History, Selected Papers from an International Seminar Held on the Occasion of the Sixteenth Maccabiah; Sports and the American Jew, and scholarly articles in American Jewish History, Journal of Sport History and International Journal of the History of Sport. Borish has received fellowships and research awards from The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, the American Jewish Historical Society, American Jewish Archives and Southern Jewish Historical Society.

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Sports in the United States

The ways in which females participated in sporting life within both the immigrant and the wider culture reveal how women’s sports activities at times promoted assimilation yet also generated discord within the generational, gender, class and ethnic context of their lives in the United States.

Charlotte Epstein

The year 1996 marked the centennial of the modern Olympic Games, and the anticipation of American women’s gold medal triumphs in swimming and diving continued a legacy of athletic excellence linked to the efforts of Jewish American Charlotte Epstein. Referred to as the “Mother of Women’s Swimming in America,” Charlotte Epstein was born to Morris and Sara (Rosenau) Epstein in New York City in September 1884. She demonstrated her love of swimming by influencing U.S. women’s swimming to reach prominence in the 1920s and 1930s. Known as “Eppie” by friends, colleagues, and swimming champions, Epstein started the renowned Women’s Swimming Association of New York, launching the national and international fame of American women swimmers in the early twentieth century.

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