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Women at the Olympics

In the Ancient Olympic Games women were not allowed to compete at all. And the first modern olympics in Athens in 1896 kept with that tradition. But slowly through the years, women have gained greater acceptance into the Olympic Games. Since 1980, over 20% of the athletes have been women. And in 2004, it is expected to mark another significant step forward for female athletes at the summer olympics. In Athens, 44% of the athletes are expected to be women. And there will be women in the games from Afghanistan (which was prohibited under Taliban rule).

Everyone is well aware of the success and magnificent performances of women in the olympics. Larisa Latynina (most medals in olympic history), Bonnie Blair, Nadia Comaneci, and Jackie Joyner-Kersee are among histories standout female olympians.

Percentage of Participants that are Women in the Summer Olympic Games



Statistics on Women at the Summer Olympics

 Year   Olympics   # of Athletes   Men   Women   % Women  Location 
1896summer24524500.000Athens
1900summer12251206190.016Paris
1904summer68768160.009St. Louis
1908summer20351999360.018London
1912summer25472490570.022Stockholm
1916Warcanceledngngngng
1920summer26682591770.029Antwerp
1924summer309229561360.044Paris
1928summer301427242900.096Amsterdam
1932summer140812811270.090Los Angeles
1936summer406637383280.081Berlin
1940Warcanceledngngngng
1944Warcanceledngngngng
1948summer409937143850.094London
1952summer492544075180.105Helsinki
1956summer334229583840.115Melbourne
1960summer534647366100.115Rome
1964summer514044576830.133Tokyo
1968summer533045497810.147Mexico City
1972summer7123606510580.149Munich
1976summer6028478112470.207Montreal
1980summer5217409211250.216Moscow
1984summer6797523015670.231Los Angeles
1988summer8465627921860.258Seoul
1992summer9367665927080.289Barcelona
1996summer10744706136830.343Atlanta
2000summer10322641639060.378Sydney
2004summer10500n/an/a0.440Athens
2008summern/an/an/an/aBeijing






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