Women in sports 50 fearless athletes who played to win

Rachel Ignotofsky, 1989-

Book - 2017

"Illustrated profiles of fifty pioneering female athletes, from the author of the New York Times bestseller Women in Science. A charmingly illustrated and inspiring book, Women in Sports highlights the achievements and stories of fifty notable women athletes--from well-known figures like tennis player Billie Jean King and gymnast Simone Biles, to lesser-known athletes like skateboarding pioneer Patti McGee and Toni Stone, the first woman to play baseball in a men's professional league.... Covering more than forty sports, this fascinating collection also contains infographics about notable women's teams throughout history, pay and media statistics for female athletes, and muscle anatomy. Women in Sports celebrates the success of the tough, bold, and fearless women who paved the way for the next generation of athletes"--

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California ; New York : Ten Speed Press, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group [2017]
First edition
Physical Description
127 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Ages 8-12.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 122-125) and index.
Main Author
Rachel Ignotofsky, 1989- (author)
  • Timeline
  • Madge Syers (1881-1917)
  • Tiny Broadwick (1893-1978)
  • Bobbie Rosenfeld (1904-1969)
  • Gertrude Ederle (1905-2003)
  • Aileen Riggin (1906-2002)
  • Babe Didrikson Zaharias (1911-1956)
  • Keiko Fukuda (1913-2013)
  • Marion Ladewig (1914-2010)
  • Toni Stone (1921-1996)
  • Althea Gibson (1927-2003)
  • Ann Calvello (1929-2006)
  • Beryl Burton (1937-1996)
  • Sue Sally Hale (1937-2003)
  • Junko Tabei (1939-2016)
  • Wilma Rudolph (1940-1994)
  • Musle anatomy
  • Jody Conradt (1941- )
  • Billie Jean King (1943- )
  • Patti McGee (1945- )
  • Anita Defrantz (1952- )
  • Flo Hyman (1954-1986)
  • Susan Butcher (1954-2006)
  • Bev Francis (1955- )
  • Nadia Comǎneci (1961- )
  • Jackie Joyner-Kersee (1962- )
  • Julie Krone (1963- )
  • Bonnie Blair (1964- )
  • Violet Palmer (1964- )
  • Pay and media statistics
  • Anjali Bhagwat (1969- )
  • Chantal Petitclerc (1969- )
  • Kim Soo-Nyung (1971- )
  • Kristi Yamaguchi (1971- )
  • Layne Beachley (1972- )
  • Mia Hamm (1972- )
  • Lisa Leslie (1972- )
  • Manon Rhéaume (1972- )
  • Deng Yaping (1973- )
  • Valentina Vezzali (1974- )
  • Ellen Macarthur (1976- )
  • Influential sports teams
  • Melissa Stockwell (1980- )
  • Serena Williams (1981- )
  • Danica Patrick (1982- )
  • Nicola Adams (1982- )
  • Mithali Raj (1982- )
  • Kelly Clark (1983- )
  • Lindsey Vonn (1984- )
  • Ronda Rousey (1987- )
  • Ashley Fiolek (1990- )
  • Mariana Pajón (1991- )
  • Katie Ledecky (1997- )
  • Simone Biles (1997- )
  • More women in sports.
Review by School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up--This book highlights the achievements of 50 women who have successfully broken the glass ceiling in the world of sports, including skydiving, basketball, tennis, swimming and diving, snowboarding, motocross, and roller derby. Athletes profiled include Billie Jean King, motocross rider Ashley Fiolek, and Ann Calvello, who was flashy and adventurous in the roller rink. These women are inspiring role models for all ages as many sacrificed and persevered through adverse conditions leading the way for those that follow them. The author narrates with perfect diction as her pride for the athletes shines through. VERDICT The content and narration are excellent, but the print version of the book is illustrated with bits of information decoratively placed around artistic images. These sidebars become lists heard by the listener, which can disrupt the flow of the book.--Karen Alexander, Lake Fenton High School, Linden, MI

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Following the format she introduced in Women in Science (2016), author/illustrator Ignotofsky now celebrates women who broke barriers to change the sports world. The collection represents a variety of figures from all over the globe born between 1881 and 1997, ranging from pioneering white figure skater Madge Syers and Tiny Broadwick, a white sky diver who advised the U.S. military on parachute safety during World War I, to beloved contemporaries such as white swimmer Katie Ledecky and black gymnast Simone Biles. Ignotofsky devotes one spread to each, with a brief profile on the recto and a stylized portrait containing inspirational quotes and facts on the verso. Readers will find stories that surprise and profoundly move them, for a number of these athletes not only battled societal challenges, but also personal hardship. African-American track star Wilma Rudolph overcame polio, segregation, and sexism. French-Canadian Chantal Petitclerc, paralyzed in youth, worked to set five Paralympic world records in wheelchair racing. Cricket player Mithali Raj risked familial displeasure to break records and traditional gender roles in India. Influential sports teams are also included, perhaps most notably the multicultural women of the 2016 Olympics' Refugee Team, whose stamina proved stunningfirst in life-threatening conditions, then in the sports arena. The collection is rounded out by brief introductions to other women athletes and pieces on muscle anatomy and pay and media statistics. Exhaustive and enlighteningdon't miss it. (timeline, conclusion, sources, index.) (Nonfiction. 10-14) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

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