Defying Convention: Women Who Changed the Rules: Women Athletes, 1st Edition

  • Sherri Mabry-Gordon
  • Published By: Enslow Publishing
  • ISBN-10: 0766081486
  • ISBN-13: 9780766081482
  • DDC: 796.082
  • Grade Level Range: 6th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 128 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2017 | Published/Released July 2017
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2017

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It’s hard to believe, but there was a time not long ago when girls and women were discouraged from participating in sports. Thanks to the women who ignored society’s rules and also to a piece of legislation called Title IX, girls in the United States—and around the world—began flocking to tracks, fields, and courts to enjoy all the benefits that come from playing a sport. This book celebrates women athletes through the ages, from early Olympians to present powerhouses like Serena Williams and Missy Franklin. Also included are chapter notes, a glossary, a further reading section containing books and websites, and an index.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: The History Behind the Female Athlete.
2: History of the Olympics and Women.
3: Female Athletic Pioneers of the 1800s.
4: Making History in the Early 1900s.
5: Bringing about Change from the 1950s to the 1970s.
6: Leveling the Playing Field: From the 1980s to the 1990s.
7: Carrying the Torch Forward in the New Millennium.
Chapter Notes.
Further Reading.