Julie Foudy spent 13 seasons as the captain of the U.S. women's national soccer team, won two Olympic gold medals and two World Cup championships, and is now an accomplished reporter with ESPN and a mother of two. Her professional and personal successes make her an ideal resource on the topic of leadership for young women just finding their own voices. Foudy organizes her strategy for achievement into concentric circles, beginning with the reader themselves and moving outwardly into team, community, and the world at large. Each topic has its own section in the book, and Foudy taps the advice of other highly accomplished women from a multitude of backgrounds, such as the famous Robin Roberts and Sheryl Sandberg to lesser-known individuals, like teen scientist Sophie Healy-Thow and cerebral palsy advocate Amy Liss. The book delivers a powerful message to young girls: be loud, excited, and assertive about your goals and take decisive steps to achieve them no matter where you are or what circumstances you are handed. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews
Foudy, a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and former captain of the U.S. Women's National soccer team, offers a leadership-focused book aimed at teenage girls. Foudy divides the book into subsections that correspond with five concentric "EmpowerRINGS," with "self" at the center, followed by "team," "school," "community," and "life." Excerpts from Foudy's interviews with 10 women and girls from a range of backgrounds—including Good Morning America cohost Robin Roberts, Lean In founder Sheryl Sandberg, soccer stars Mia Hamm and Alex Morgan, and Afghan teenage activist Fahima Noori—appear throughout, along with activities, writing prompts, and profiles of young leaders. Despite the visually varied format, diverse voices represented, and approachable tone, the book can feel dense and repetitive. But motivated readers will find plenty of ideas for ways to take action in their lives. Ages 12–up. (May) Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.Review by School Library Journal Reviews
Gr 8 Up—Olympic medalist and soccer star Foudy founded a sports academy to help girls develop leadership skills through soccer. It is from this program that Foudy mined her source material. She begins with an examination of self and moves outward to team, school, community, and life. Along the way, the author taps friends and colleagues to share their personal stories of leadership. These voices are quite varied and include a young Paralympic star with cerebral palsy, an Irish teen who did not become defeated when leading scientists told her that her experiments wouldn't work, journalist Robin Roberts, and soccer star Mia Hamm. Foudy offers easy exercises for readers and asks them to develop a "choose to matter" plan as a way to improve their community. The book is eye-catching, with whimsical design elements, and the text is written in an unaffected style that will not intimidate. VERDICT Large collections could use this title to foster leadership skills.—Elizabeth Kahn, Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy, Avondale, LA Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.
Offers advice and encouragement for young women intended to help them become more fully themselves, improve their confidence, and develop their leadership skills.Review by Publisher Summary 2
In Choose to Matter, Julie Foudy, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and former captain of the US National team, takes you on a journey to discover your authentic self. This book is a roadmap to unleash that courageous YOU and have you singing your dreams out loud. Along with sharing stories from her playing days and personal experiences, Julie taps into the wisdom of other incredible female leaders including "Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts, soccer stars Mia Hamm and Alex Morgan, and Facebook superwoman and Lean In founder Sheryl Sandberg. In her Leadership Academy, Julie encourages young women to find the leader that exists in all of them, whatever their personality or vocal chord strength might be. Complete with fun exercises and activities, Choose to Matter guides readers in all aspects of their lives. Julie believes every young woman has the power to be a leader who makes a positive impact. And it all starts by choosing to matter. So go ahead, start now. Because you can.