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Baton, badminton, and this still-popular children’s activity were just a few of the sports women engaged in during the University’s early years.

What was the activity?

Answer: Seesawing

The University deemed these activities appropriate for female students because the women were able to participate while wearing long skirts. This photo, circa 1910, captured a physical training course; Foellinger Auditorium is visible in the background.

Image 0004781 courtesy of the University of Illinois Archives.

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