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November 3, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(18):1160. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460440034007

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Women are not usually supposed to excel in athletics, but it appears that a woman has lowered the world's record in long-distance bicycling and yet not done her utmost. After completing her 2000th mile, she had excelled the best male performance in century-riding by several hours, and was ready to keep on when the local authorities interfered. Why they did so is not manifest, as according to newspaper reports, she was taking things easy and only riding to fill out the time. This is evidence that civilized woman is occasionally in some respects physically equal to her more rugged competitors, a fact that rather goes against our preconceived notions based on the average performances of her sex. Nevertheless, this and other such achievements implying continued endurance are not so incompatible with femininity as it at first appears. The average frail-appearing mother can stand the strain of carrying about a heavy

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