Gloria Brame, Ph.D.

Female Wrestling: 1900 v. 1950s

Filed By Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | February 23, 2011 2:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: Bennett Sisters, female stereotypes, Peaches Page, professional wrestling, women in sports, women's history, women's studies

Two photos, 50 years apart, beginning with this ca. 1900 images of the wrestling Bennett Sisters:


By the early 1950s, amazon athletes like Peaches Page (pictured below carrying opponent) had altered the face of female wrestling with rougher, more powerful performances.


More about the early female pro wrestlers.

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Gloria: Interesting you're covering this! My personal background is being a founder of a national non-profit org and gay onmimedia company, Out Impact, but I'm also involved in the pro wrestling world as an agent and pro wrestling co-host of a national online wrestling radio show.

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In the '50's ads a child, I used to love watching Roller Derby (San Francisco Area Bay Bombers were great, all female) and the lady wrestler, Slave Girl Moola.

I prefer the Peaches look. It reminded me of roller derby!