Women in Sports

50 notable women in sports are featured in this engaging book for middle readers.

Women in Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win

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A brilliantly illustrated and fun introduction to the contributions of women athletes, Women in Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win by Rachel Ignotofsky.

Culturally diverse, and diverse abilities

Fifty notable multicultural and diverse women in sports are featured in this engaging book. They include athletes from the 1800s all the way to the 2000s. Each remarkable athlete is highlighted on a 2-page spread, with lots of illustrations, captions and a biographical sketch. Women in Sports also contains infographics, a timeline, resource lists, and a glossary.

“If you’re not falling, then you’re doing something wrong.” –Lindsey Vonn

The author of the popular Women in Science celebrates the achievements of notable women, while also addressing their challenges and struggles. With a lot to overcome, the successes of these women athletes is really remarkable. Melissa Stockwell, after being injured during her tour of duty in Iraq, turned her tragedy into her triumph. She won gold medals in the International Triathlon Union World Championship. And, she was named Female Paratriathlete of the Year.

Engaging Resource

Sue Sally Hale, “one of the most influential women to play polo,” disguised herself as a man because “the U.S. Polo Association barred women from playing professionally.”

See my review of Women in Science here!

Women in Sports has so much information in such a fun format, that it is wonderful for introducing kids to research skills. As a homeschool resource, the variety of content in Women in Sports keeps us busy.

Some of the women featured include:

  • Tiny Broadwick, skydiver
  • Keiko Fukuda, judoka
  • Marion Ladewig, bowler
  • Ann Calvello, roller derby
  • Beryl Burton, cyclist
  • Junko Tabei, mountaneer
  • Nadia Comaneci, gymnast
  • Chantal Petitclerc, wheelchair racer
  • Danica Patrick, race car driver

Role Models

Spending some time with this book, one thing is clear. Women have certainly come a long way since the days when watching the Olympics was forbidden on penalty of death. I understand the need to provide resources that feature role models for girls. But, because of the quality of this book (and Women in Science), I hope the author will consider doing a “Men” version of these books as well.

The publisher provided a review copy of Women in Sports.

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Comments (2)

  1. Crystal

    I used to work in the University Athletics office and there was a big transition happening just as I left. From more men’s teams, I believe there are now more women’s sports being played there at a competitive level. There are benefits to everyone to play!

    1. Anne Campbell (Post author)

      Yes, there certainly are!


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