The All American Girls Professional Baseball League

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The All American Girls Professional Baseball League Before we told our daughters that they could be anyone, or anything they wanted to be, we told them that they could only be what was acceptable for women to be, and that they could only do things that were considered "ladylike." It was at this time, when the nation was frenzied with the business of war, that the women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League decided that they could do and be whatever it was that they chose. These women broke free of the limitations that their family and society had set for them, and publicly broke into what had been an exclusively male sport up until that time. To understand the significance of the league (which will further be referred to as the AAGPBL) you must first have an understanding of the role of women in society at this time. Post World War II, women had a very slight role in anything not concerning domestic issues. Public figures and decision-makers were male, and very few women were involved in anything having to with business or politics. Women were expected to be ladylike and well mannered at all times. Because of these factors it was rare to find a woman involved in any type of sport, especially those dominated by males. The start of the war era came on the heels of a decade when women had seemingly taken a step backward in social and economic progress. The depression of the 1930's had devastated the American economy. Women, especially married women, had bore the largest share of the burden. To help male workers get back on the job, national leaders called for married women in two-income families to give up their jobs. Several states had passed laws barring women from holding state jobs. ... ... middle of paper ... ...omically, while also liberating some of their fans by their example. These women laid the groundwork for future women's sports and professional women's teams. They displayed an independence unheard of at that time, and they served as role models to their fans. For all of these reasons the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League was a significant part of women's history. Bibliography: |Works Cited Browne, Lois. Girls of Summer. Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd., 1992. Fincher, Jack. "Belles of the Ball Game." Smithsonian. 20 (July, 1989):88-97. Gregorich, Barbara. Women at Play. Orlando: Harcourt Brace & Company, 1993. Johnson, Susan E. When Women Played Hardball. Seattle: Seal Press, 1994. Macy, Sue. A Whole New Ball Game. New York: Henry Holt and Company Inc., 1993.

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