Book About Female Athletes

Today I have a book about female athletes.  It doesn’t focus on a particular sport, but it does look at the development of women’s athletics over the years.  Having a daughter who adores soccer, I found it extremely eye opening to recognize the hurdles women have already surmounted and what they have left to overcome.  My daughter has been following the National Women’s Soccer Team’s lawsuit for equal pay so this book offered a welcome perspective on the inequality in sports.

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Title: Level the Playing Fieldlevel the playing field book about female athletes

Author: Kristina Rutherford

Target: Grades 3-8

Series: No

What this book is about:

This book looks at the evolution of female sports. It examines issues such as Title IX, pay inequality, and the stereotypes surrounding female athletes. There are interviews with famous women in multiple sports such as hockey, the MMA and the LPGA to name a few. The author also examines defining moments in women’s sports such as the 1999 Women’s World Cup win and Billy Jean King’s defeat of Bobby Riggs in the Battle of the Sexes tennis match.

Why I love this book:

  • This book is incredibly inspirational for female athletes. It celebrates the power, tenacity and toughness of women/girls in sports. It shows how far women have come in a short amount of time and is quite optimistic about where women can go with the right training and coaching moving forward. Women’s sports organizations are really in their infancy compared to their male counterparts and the future looks bright.
  • I like how the books talks about a variety of topics. There is a section on money, on double standards when it comes to body types, the role of beauty and even how society is changing it’s perception on the role of women.
  • I appreciated the last section that discusses the role of women behind the scenes as coaches, office staff and executives. There is lots of room for improvement.

Who this book is for:

Great for any kids who want to be inspired to play harder and reach higher.

Final thoughts:

There are great photos incorporated throughout the book and the layout makes it a very manageable read for kids.

To purchase this book:

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