Actually, it wasn’t until 1900 that women were allowed to participate in the Olympic Games. Prior to 1900, the only way women were able to take part was to enter horses in the equestrian events. They first competed at the 1900 Paris Games in lawn tennis and golf. Over time more women’s events were added, and currently Boxing is the only Summer Olympic sport that does not include events for women, though this is set to change in 2012.
For more information regarding women and the Olympics please visit: http://www.topendsports.com/events/summer/women.htm