The rate of participation of women in the Olympics has been increasing since their first participation in Some sports are uniquely for women, others are contested by both sexes, while some older sports remain for men only. Studies of media coverage of the Olympics consistently show differences in the ways in which women and men are described and the ways in which their performances are discussed. The first Olympic Games to feature female athletes was the Games in Paris. There were several firsts in the women's golf. This was the first time ever that women competed in the Olympic Games. Abbott shot a 47 to win and became the first ever American female to win a gold medal in the Olympic Games,  though she received a gilded porcelain bowl as a prize instead of a medal. She is also the second overall American woman to receive an Olympic medal. Abbott's mother, Mary Abbott , also competed in this Olympic event and finished tied for seventh, shooting a
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February: The IOC took a historic step forward to advance gender equality and approve the Gender Equality Review Project with its 25 bold and action-orientated recommendations, covering areas such as participation, funding, governance and portrayal. For more information click here. October: The Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina, marked a new milestone as the first fully gender balanced Olympic event ever — both on the field of play, and within the Organising Committee. Female representation on IOC Commissions rose to This equates to a 98 per cent increase since Four women chaired an IOC Commission.
The world of sport is a kind of microcosm of the issues and progress to be seen in wider society. Sporting activity in Ancient Greece was generally reserved to men from the aristocracy who were physically perfect. The Olympics were held every four years between BC and AD, and participation was limited to free Greek male citizens. Athletes gathered in Olympia, and for the duration of the games an ekecheiria or truce was proclaimed. Women were not permitted to attend the games much less participate.
The number of women athletes at the Olympic Games is approaching 50 per cent. Since , women have participated in every Olympic sport at the Games. Accredited coaches at the Games Women continue to be underrepresented as coaching staff at the Olympic Games. The Gender Equality Review Project has highlighted the need to address the imbalance in coaching. The International Olympic Committee, in addition to improving its own internal balance, encourages NOCs and IFs to increase the number of women in decision-making positions. Female representation on IOC commissions has also risen to As of 1 January ,