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Breaking Through: How Female Athletes Shattered Stereotypes in the Roaring Twenties

Award-winning author Sue Macy offers a fresh and timely account of women in sports in the 1920s, and how their determination, talent, and defiance in the face of criticism promoted women's rights, redefined femininity, and changed the course of history.

With elegant prose, poignant wit, and fascinating primary sources, Macy explores the many hurdles presented to female athletes as they stormed the field, stepped up to bat, and won the right to compete in sports. Featuring bold and talented heroines, this book documents how the social issues and morals of the decade — from politics to segregation to the media — helped shape the changing narratives around women and alter the course of history entirely. It is a fascinating window into a rich and seldom explored history, and also a topical reminder of the many discussions surrounding femininity and the role of women that continue today.

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"Each chapter begins with a spotlight of a single athlete whose story opens up a larger understanding of the decade. Archival photographs and news stories add further context, as do additional sidebars, timelines of other notable events from each year, and short 'Trailblazer' biographies of accomplished women.... An epilogue covers opportunities that followed the passing of Title IX, and a timeline of 'Defining Moments in Women’s Sports' begins with the impact of cycling on women’s lives in the 1890s." — Publishers Weekly

Product Details

Recommended Age 9 and up
Author Sue Macy
ISBN 1426336764
Publication Date Feb 4, 2020
Publisher National Geographic Children's Books
Language English