From Vaudeville to Olympia: The Evolution of Women's Boxing Sept. 12 at Butterworth Center

Originally Posted Online: Aug. 25, 2014, 12:10 pm
Last Updated: Aug. 25, 2014, 12:17 pm
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Press release submitted by Leslie McManus for Butterworth Center.

Fighting and boxing are time-honored activities in the world of sports -- men's sports. For most of recorded history, women have been unwelcome and unwanted in what is traditionally considered a male-only domain. In a Sept. 12 Evenings at Butterworth presentation, Professor Gerald R. Gems will trace the evolution of women's boxing.
The presenation will be 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 12, Butterworth Center, 1105 8th St., Moline. No charge for admission; refreshments following.
From Vaudeville to Olympia: The Evolution of Women's Boxing traces the development of the sport from its roots in British theater productions to its current status as an Olympic event. Gems will also touch on Chicago as an early site of female pugilism and review boxing clubs throughout Chicagoland.
This fall's Evenings at Butterworth presentations will focus on sports, coinciding with a special traveling Smithsonian exhibit – Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America – on display Sept. 13-Oct. 25 at Rock Island Public Library.
Gems is a professor at North Central College, Naperville, Ill., in the Health and Physical Education department, which he chaired from 1988 to 2002. He is a widely published author, and served as editor and contributor to Before Jackie Robinson: The Transcendent Role of Black Sporting Pioneers, scheduled for publication in 2015.
The event is funded by the William Butterworth Foundation. For information, call 309-743-2701;


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