Sportives de haut niveau, mais à quel prix ? Le cas des enseignantes d’éducation physique et sportive en France, de 1940 à 1970

  • Carine Érard Université Bourgogne Franche- Comté
  • Loïc Szerdahelyi Université Bourgogne Franche- Comté


As high-performance athletes who concurrently taught physical education and sports in France in the second half of the twentieth century, the 102 women in our cohort—especially those who were mothers—illustrated unusual ways of structuring their free time. Their paths necessarily imposed demanding social and familial conditions, in accordance with the French approach to the production of elite athletes and without the systematic redistribution of tasks and roles within couples. They thus appear much less “protected” than the athletes’ recollections tend to suggest.