This Day in Jewish History The Woman Who Thought Nice Women Could Play Basketball Is Born

Senda Berenson overcame frailness to engage in sports, and thought proper women should play basketball too – albeit politely, and only in the presence of other women.

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March 19, 1868, is the birthdate of Senda Berenson Abbott, who, as a physical education teacher at New England’s Smith College, adapted the fledgling game of basketball for play by proper women. The game...