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.

Articles by this author

Sports in the United States

Historians of American sport and of American Jewish history have generally neglected the study of sports by and for Jewish American women. As sport increasingly played a significant role in American society in the twentieth century, it also became part of Jewish women’s experiences in American life.

Charlotte Epstein

Charlotte “Eppy” Epstein helped popularize women’s swimming and coached Olympic athletes who broke more than fifty world records. Epstein also started the renowned Women’s Swimming Association of New York, which launched the national and international fame of American women swimmers in the early twentieth century.


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