chapter  4
The legitimation of female exercise
The case of physical education
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Physical education became an integral feature of the curriculum in increasing numbers of elite girls' schools from the middle of the nineteenth century. Although individual headmistresses enjoyed considerable autonomy, and in some respects their opinions and programmes differed, they were all influenced by the report of the government—sponsored Schools' Inquiry Commission on the Education of Girls (1868), mentioned in the previous chapter.