Pierre de Coubertin was fascinated by the ancient games that were the reserve of male athletes. This is why he refused for such a long time to admit women into the Olympic games. Furthermore, the practice of sport by women was looked down upon at the time, and thus there were no women competitors at the 1896 Olympics.But, in 1900, some women were present, notably in the golf and tennis events. Such was the case until 1912, when some of the events were reserved for women.Yet, in 1920, women were again excluded from the Olympic movement. A separate games was organised for them in 1922.They had to what until the 1924 Paris games to enjoy total involvement, where they took part in eleven events.From 1932 onwards, they sometimes enjoyed the spotlight and during the 1948 games, after World War Two, they stole the show. Today, women are omnipresent in the international sporting movement and are almost, in terms of participation, at the same level as men in major world sporting events such as the Olympic games. Many womens' disciplines attract greater numbers of viewers and spectators than those for the men ; such is the case with, for example.Furthermore, almost all of the disciplines are mixed, apart from three of them: baseball (although women play softball), boxing and wrestling. Since the Sydney Games in 2000, women have competed in weightlifting and the modern pentathlon, events which had previously been restricted to men.