Women in Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win

Women in Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win
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July 18, 2017
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Illustrated profiles of fifty pioneering female athletes, from the author of the New York Times bestseller Women in Science.

Women for the win!

A richly illustrated and inspiring book, Women in Sports highlights the achievements and stories of fifty notable women athletes from the 1800s to today, including trailblazers, Olympians, and record-breakers in more than forty sports. The athletes featured include well-known figures like tennis player Billie Jean King and gymnast Simone Biles, as well as lesser-known champions like Toni Stone, the first woman to play baseball in a professional men’s league, and skateboarding pioneer Patti McGee. The book also contains infographics on topics that sporty women want to know about such as muscle anatomy, a timeline ofwomen’s participation in sports, pay and media statistics for female athletes, and influential women’s teams. Women in Sports celebrates the success of the tough, bold, and fearless women who paved the way for today’s athletes.

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inspiring and beautiful board book about female athletes
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WOMEN IN SPORTS is a fantastic and inspiring board book about female athletes. The book begins and ends with powerful messages about what women and girls can achieve. Each page then features a woman who did great things in their sport or sports. The breadth of sports included is really impressive, encompassing not only tennis, basketball, and gymnastics, but also mushing and roller derby among others. The book also includes a brief timeline of women's sports.

What I loved: The illustrations are stunning, artistic, full of color, and with words woven into the images. I also appreciated the breadth of women and sports included. There were many that I had not heard of, but also several that many of us will recognize like Simone Biles and Serena Williams. The many fantastic athletes are sure to inspire young girls and their caregivers to show that women can really do anything! I found the timeline surprising in how short it is with FIFA creating the first women's soccer world cup in only 1991 and the WNBA established in only 1996, but the future is open! There is plenty to learn and inspire in this beautifully illustrated book.

Final verdict: With stunning illustrations, many female athletes, and well-chosen text, WOMEN IN SPORTS is an inspiring board book that I highly recommend for girls and women of all ages.
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