Review: Women in Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win by Rachel Ignotofsky


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Published: 18 July 2017

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

Category: Non-fiction/Sports/Feminism

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.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Ten Speed Press continues their Women In… Series with a sports themed book. It felt really thematically appropriate to read and review this shortly after the Winter Olympics where women from all countries and of all ages competed at the height of their sport for the world to see.

Women in Sports features fifty examples of women in history from a variety of sporting events that more people should know about. From the well known to those that deserve to have their names come up in conversation more, I really felt encouraged to look into the history of the sports more.

The sexist nature of the Olympics was touched on and how there were breakthroughs, particularly in figure skating, and how that sport changed over time from simple skating programs to the intensely complicated ones we see now.

Visually the illustrations were on the cartoon side which was good for the younger readers that might want to look at this book or any other in the series. I liked the illustrations, though I think that it might have been better if they’d gone for a more realistic approach.

I’d recommend this book for anyone interested in learning more about the history of various sports, particularly when the competitors are women from around the world. Their efforts to promote the sport cannot be understated and their stories need to be remembered and passed on.






I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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