Today is the 100th anniversary of the 1921 Women's Olympiad, widely considered to be the first international women's sports event. The games were organized by athlete Alice Milliat and Camille Blanc, the director of the International Sporting Club of Monaco, as a response to the International Olympic Committee’s controversial decision not to include women's events in the 1924 Olympic Games. A tremendous success for women’s sports, the event continued until female athletes were officially incorporated into the Olympic Games. In 2008, the International Association of Athletics Federations unveiled a commemorative plaque at the site of the games.
“The Olympic Games were created for the exaltation of the individual athlete.” —
Pierre de Coubertin