Ladies First: Women Athletes Who Made a Difference


Inspiring and empowering stories of sports history, covering basketball, dog sled racing, drag racing, figure skating, golf, gymnastics, hockey, horse racing, marathon running, swimming, tennis, and track and field

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Inspiring and empowering stories of sports history, covering basketball, dog sled racing, drag racing, figure skating, golf, gymnastics, hockey, horse racing, marathon running, swimming, tennis, and track and field

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Women 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.
—Denise Daley
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-Through courage and perseverance, these trailblazing women have established themselves as role models in sports. Rappoport writes lively, limited profiles of these athletes in the areas of tennis, hockey, swimming, gymnastics, figure skating, golf, track and field, horse racing, and dog-sled racing. Each chapter begins with a personal vignette to capture readers' attention and is followed by the woman's accomplishments. Quotations add to the liveliness of the writing, but no documentation is given. Two small, fair-quality, black-and-white photographs are included in each chapter. Adolescents interested in the accomplishments of women during the 20th century will find this an entertaining and easy read.-Janice C. Hayes, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561455348
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2010
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 362,247
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Lexile: 760L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 8.58 (h) x 0.49 (d)

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