Hartismere School

An outstanding coeducational secondary school and sixth form college

the Olympics in the 20th century

During the 20th century the Olympic games saw a rise in popularity. Olympics were troubled by prejudice: sexism and racism being most prevalent. Racism reared its head in 1936 with Germans demonstrating their belief in Aryan supremacy to the Black salute of racial protest by two African Americans in 1968. Women had to work hard to earn a place in the Olympics as the founder believed they were no place for women, however swimming was included from 1912 and limited track and field from 1928. Today the Olympics are a much different affair, with racism and sexism almost completely overcome.