Game changers The unsung heroines of sports history

Molly Schiot

Book - 2016

"Based on the Instagram account @TheUnsungHeroines, a celebration of the pioneering, forgotten female athletes of the twentieth century that features rarely seen photos and new interviews with past and present gamechangers including Abby Wambach and Cari Champion. Featuring icons Althea Gibson and Wyomia Tyus, complete unknowns Virginia Gilder and Conchita Cintron, policymaker Patsy Mink, sportswriter Lisa Olson, and many more, Game Changers gives these "founding mothers" the att...ention and recognition they deserve, and features critical conversations between past and present gamechangers - including former US Women's National Soccer Team captain Abby Wambach and SportsCenter anchor Cari Champion - about what it means to be a woman on and off the field."--

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New York : Simon and Schuster 2016.
First Simon & Shuster hardcover edition October 2016.
Physical Description
ix, 309 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Includes bibliographical references.
Main Author
Molly Schiot (author)
  • 1964 Japanese volleyball team
  • 1976 Yale crew team
  • 1984 Cuban national women's basketball team
  • Abby Hoffman
  • Alfreda Jackson, Ruth Harris, Clementine Redmond, Lillian Hardy
  • Alice Coachman
  • Alice Marble
  • Alison Jane Hargreaves
  • All American Red Heads
  • Althea Gibson
  • Andrea Jaeger
  • Anita DeFrantz
  • Anke-Eve Goldmann
  • Ann Koger
  • Annie Smith Peck
  • AnnMaria De Mars
  • Arlene Blum
  • Babe Didrikson Zaharias
  • Bakersfield Junior College women's swim team
  • Barbara Polk Washburn
  • Bernice Gera
  • Bernice Sandler
  • Betty Cook
  • Betty Robinson
  • Billie Jean King and the Battle of the Sexes
  • Briana Scurry
  • Carol Rose and Theresa Sams
  • Cathy Rush/Immaculata College
  • Chicago Daily Defender 17th annual Handicap Bowling Tournament of 1965
  • Chris Von Saltza
  • Christy Martin
  • Conchita Cintrón
  • Constance Applebee
  • Debi Thomas
  • Denise McCluggage
  • Diana Nyad
  • Diane Crump
  • Dick, Kerr's Ladies FC
  • Donna de Varona
  • Dorothy Wise
  • Earlene Brown
  • Edith Green
  • Edith Houghton
  • Eleanor Holm Jarrett
  • Elspeth Beard
  • Emma Gatewood
  • Enriqueta Basilio
  • Eunice Kennedy Shriver
  • Evonne Goolagong Cawley
  • Fanny Bullock Workman
  • Florence Arthaud
  • Florence Leontine "Pancho" Barnes
  • Gabriela Anderson-Schiess
  • Gertrude Ederle
  • Gladys Heldman
  • Gretchen Fraser
  • Helme Suuk
  • Isabel Lethem
  • Jackie Tonawanda
  • Janet Collins
  • Janet Guthrie
  • Jean Balukas
  • Joan Weston
  • Joan Whitney Payson
  • Joe Carstairs
  • Joyce Walker
  • Junko Tabei
  • Jutta Kleinschmidt
  • Kathrine Switzer
  • Kathryn "Kathy" Kusner
  • Kay Yow
  • Keiko Fukuda
  • Kim Cespedes
  • Kim Gilbert
  • Kim and Sylvia Green
  • Kinue Hitomi
  • Kitty O'Neil
  • Korean deep sea divers
  • Laura Thornhill and Lacey Baker
  • Lavonne "Pepper" Paire-Davis
  • Libby Riddles
  • Linda Jefferson
  • Lisa Olson
  • Lorraine Williams
  • Louise Stokes and Tidy Pickett
  • Lynn Hill
  • Manon Rhéaume
  • Margaret Dunkle and Abby Wambach
  • Margaret McGregor
  • Margaret Murphy
  • Margo Oberg
  • Maribel Owen, Laurence Owen, Maribel Vinson-Owen
  • Marilyn Bell
  • Marilyn Neufville
  • Mary McGee
  • Melissa Ludtke
  • Miriam "Lady Tyger" Trimiar
  • Molly Bolin Kazmer
  • Nadia Comaneci
  • Nan Aspinwall
  • Nawal El Moutawakel
  • Neroli Fairhall
  • Nurses softball team
  • Olga Korbut
  • Ora Washington
  • Pam Oliver and Cari Champion
  • Pat Laursen
  • Pat Summitt
  • Patti McGee
  • Peggy Oki
  • Penny Pitou
  • Renée Richards
  • Rhythm in Orange
  • Rica Reinisch
  • Robin Herman
  • Robyn Smith, Barbara Ader, and Brenda Wilson
  • Ruberta Mitchell
  • Rusty Kanokogi
  • Shawna Robinson
  • Sheryl Swoopes/Nike Air Swoopes
  • Shirley and Sharon Firth
  • Shirley Muldowney
  • Stella Walsh
  • Surya Bonaly
  • Susan Butcher
  • Tennessee Tigerbelles
  • Toni Stone
  • Trudy Beck
  • Violet Palmer
  • Wake-Robin Golf Club
  • Wayland Baptist Flying Queens
  • Wilma Rudolph
  • WomenSports magazine
  • Wyomia Tyus
  • Zola Budd.
Review by Booklist Review

Filmmaker Schiot runs the Instagram account @theUnsungHeroines, which serves as the inspiration for this encyclopedic book. After unsuccessfully pitching documentaries about women in sports, Schiot began researching the topic at the LA84 Foundation's library, where she came across the archives of womenSports magazine and started her Instagram account using the photos and stories she found within, posting a photo a day of a female athlete from the pre-Title IX era. Nearly 150 women are profiled here in random order, with a page of narrative information facing a photograph. Time periods range from the 1920s to the 1984 Olympics, with the bulk in the 1960s and 1970s. Not everyone is an athlete (Melissa Ludtke, the reporter who successfully sued for the right to enter MLB locker rooms, is profiled, as is Robin Herman, the first female New York Times sports reporter). This browsable compendium will be an important addition to the sports collections of most libraries and should do well with sports fans of all types.--Vnuk, Rebecca Copyright 2016 Booklist

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission. Review by Library Journal Review

Inspired by the success of her Unsung Heroines Instagram account, filmmaker Schiot's first book chronicles women athletes and trailblazers who were "forever told no." Biographical entries of women such as tennis player Althea Gibson and Olympic track and field sprinter Wyomia Tyus range from obscure, nearly forgotten figures to household names, and are not limited to the mainstream. Sportswriters, coaches, Title IX advocates, team owners, and reporters are given equal space next to bullfighters, boxers, and archers. With a nod to its Instagram origins, this extravagantly illustrated book is browsable rather than historically linear; some summaries consist of a brief paragraph, while others are in-depth stories complete with cultural context. Also included are conversations between notable women athletes and pioneers of different generations, which validate the progress made and clarify the challenges ahead. Ideal as a motivational starting point for students, researchers, sports fans of all ages, and teachers who cover female athletes and history. VERDICT Appropriate for school and public library collections, this book is a timely combination of photographs and biographical essays that bring trailblazing sportswomen of the past and present to life.-Janet Davis, Darien P.L., CT © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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