No chasing! No stretching or straining! And never, ever sweat. These were the rules girls were forced to play by until Title IX passed in 1972. And it was a game-changer. For the first time, girls and women had a legal right to an even playing field in sports — a right that would help them drive social change, including overturning old attitudes against women in sports.
A celebration of the strength, endurance, and athleticism of women and girls throughout the ages, Girls With Guts! keeps score with examples of women athletes from the late 1800s up through the 1970s, sharing how women refused to take no for an answer, and how finally, they pushed for a law to protect their right to play, compete, and be athletes. This book includes stories of inspiring athletes, determined politicians, and historic firsts, as well as a sweeping overview of how women's sports evolved over more than a century.
"Starting with the first Olympic Games and bringing readers to the present day, the author creates a narrative using a time line of women in sports. Many well-known women athletes are highlighted such as tennis player Althea Gibson and Olympic swimmer Donna de Varona, in addition to many lesser-known names. The author also discusses Title IX, the legislation that mandated equal treatment for all women athletes. Gonzales adds information about the key congresswomen and other advocates who fought for the ratification of the legislation. Back matter includes a formal time line and an extensive bibliography. A great addition to any collection highlighting unknown women athletes and also explains the important legislation of Title IX for a young audience." — Erin Olsen, School Library Journal
|Recommended Age||6 - 9|
|Publication Date||May 14, 2019|