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Breaking through : how female athletes shattered stereotypes in the roaring twenties

Macy, Sue (author.). McGraw, Muffet, (writer of introduction.).

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  • 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium. (Show)
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library.

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Hawley Public Library J 796.082 MAC (Text) 33500013209093 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library J 796.082 MAC (Text) 33500013209085 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 1426336772
  • ISBN: 9781426336775
  • ISBN: 1426336764
  • ISBN: 9781426336768
  • Physical Description: 96 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
  • Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic [2020]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (page 91) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Taking the plunge 1920-21 (and before) ; Timeline: also in 1920-21 -- Creating opportunities 1922-23 ; Timeline: also in 1922-23 -- Gaining recognition 1924-25 ; Timeline: also in 1924-25 -- Celebrating victories 1926-27 ; Timeline: also in 1926-27 -- Facing new challenges 1928-29 ; Timeline: also in 1928-29 -- Epilogue: approaching equality -- Defining moments in women's sports.
Summary, etc.: "Macy offers a rare and fascinating glimpse into the journey of women's rights through the lens of women in sports during the pivotal decade of the 1920s. 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."

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 November #2
    *Starred Review* Calling the 1920s "the first golden age of sports," Macy discusses women's athletics during the decade, which opened with the Nineteenth Amendment ensuring white women's voting rights in 1920, and ushered in changes for women in sports along the way. While most states mandated physical education for all high-school students, the idea of girls competing was controversial, and old ideas about suitable athletic garb and sporting events for women would linger for years. Still, a 14-year-old girl won a gold medal for diving in the 1920 Olympics, a touring English women's soccer team defeated several of the best U.S. men's teams in 1922, and Tuskegee Institute formed a women's track team in 1929. The book gathers a good deal of pertinent information and presents it chronologically in two-year chapters that end with intriguing roundups of other contemporary events and concerns. Sidebars offer period quotes from sportswriters. Illustrated with well-chosen vintage photos, this colorful book offers a lively introduction to women's athletics during the 1920s and follows it up with an engaging epilogue titled "Approaching Equality" and a detailed time line, "Defining Moments in Women's Sports." The author of Wheels of Change (2011) and Motor Girls (2017), Macy writes perceptively about the history of American women's sports. Grades 5-8. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Sue Macy is the author of Bull’s-Eye: A Photobiography of Annie Oakley, Winning Ways: A Photohistory of American Women in Sports, and A Whole New Ball Game: The Story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, among many other titles. She has received numerous awards and starred reviews for her work. Winning Ways and A Whole New Ball Game were both named ALA Best Books for Young Adults and NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People.

Subject: Sports for women History 20th century Juvenile literature
Women athletes History 20th century Juvenile literature
Women athletes 20th century Biography Juvenile literature
Sports for women
Women athletes
Genre: Illustrated works.
Informational works.
Juvenile works.

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