WOMEN & THE OLYMPIC MOVEMENT
Although the Olympic movement likes to present itself as inclusive and meritocratic, this was not always the case. The "father" of the modern Olympics, Pierre de Coubertin, had opposed the inclusion of females at the games, stating "Olympics with women would be incorrect, unpractical, uninteresting, and unesthetic." An early IOC statement on the question declared, "We feel that the Olympic Games must be reserved for the solemn and periodic exaltation of male athleticism with internationalism as a base, loyalty as a means, arts for its setting, and female applause as its reward." In 1900, the floodgates opened, and 11 women (against 1,319 men) were permitted to compete at tennis and golf.
Orson Welles (1915-85)