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Children's LiteratureWomen today professionally compete in a variety of sports. Many young people erroneously assume that it has always been that way. They are not aware that for hundreds of years women were considered too weak and fragile to participate in sports. This title serves as a reminder of the years of gradual advances women have made to get where they are today. It features short biographies of thirteen amazing and talented women whose efforts contributed to changes in society and women's roles. Better-known athletes such as Nadia Comaneci and Billie Jean King are included but so are lesser-known champions such as the first female to swim across the English Channel, Gertrude Ederle. Each chapter is exciting, entertaining, informative, and well written. This book will be enjoyed and appreciated by many, especially those studying sports and women's history. 2005, Peachtree, Ages 10 up.