Source: Blogging for Books – I received this in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Edition: Hardcover, 128 Pages
Purchase: Amazon / Audible / Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Women in Sports highlights notable women’s contributions to competitive athletics to inspire readers young and old. Keeping girls interested in sports has never been more important: research suggests that girls who play sports get better grades and have higher self-esteem–but girls are six times more likely to quit playing sports than boys and are unlikely to see female athlete role models in the media. A fascinating collection full of striking, singular art, Women in Sports features 50 profiles and illustrated portraits of women athletes from the 1800s to today including trailblazers, Olympians, and record-breakers in more than 40 different sports. The book also contains infographics about relevant topics such as muscle anatomy, a timeline of women’s participation in sports, statistics about women in athletics, and influential female teams.
Women in Sports is a beautifully illustrated look at women athletes who broke the mold, change the game, and paved the way for other women to join them on the podium.
WiS highlights fifty women who come from a multitude of backgrounds, countries, and participate in a wide variety of sports. There are women who were the first to participate, women who broke down barriers, and those who broke records. It also includes a few little infographics about things like musculature and even the pay gap between men’s and women’s sports. It’s a short book but it’s packed with great information. I really think this is the perfect book for those who enjoy learning about sports history and/or feminism, and it’s written in such a way that it’s very accessible to kids. It’s easy to understand and all the entries cover the women’s career and achievements while remaining brief.
The art for this one is amazing as well, and I could easily see a few of these being framed. I think back to the time I had a US women’s Soccer team poster on my wall and I could totally see me pasting up some of these alongside it. Each image also comes complete with a few bullet points from the women’s history and even a quote on their success, struggles, and fight.
In short, I adored this one! I’ve really enjoyed a lot of these brief history books recently and I think this one is certainly one of my favorites. I’m going to try and find a copy of Women in Science as well and I hope the author continues to make more of these books for other fields of interest.