The Quiet Storm: A Celebration of Women in Sport

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More than a book about female athletes in their professions, this book is also about their relationships with each other, their families, their children. Almost 100 women athletes representing dozens of different sports and related careers contribute their thoughts, voices and experiences to this volume, including Mary Lou Retton and Jackie Joyner-Kersee, among others. Photos. 256 pp. Targeted ads.
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Overview

More than a book about female athletes in their professions, this book is also about their relationships with each other, their families, their children. Almost 100 women athletes representing dozens of different sports and related careers contribute their thoughts, voices and experiences to this volume, including Mary Lou Retton and Jackie Joyner-Kersee, among others. Photos. 256 pp. Targeted ads.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Both members of the U.S. women's bobsledding team, these sisters have interviewed many female American athletes and some of the few female sports executives in putting together a survey whose main purpose is to motivate women athletes to persevere. It's not news that women athletes have been discriminated against in the past, often very blatantly. But that these practices persist may come as a revelation to many. The authors point out the need for women to fight for empowerment, self-respect and positive self-images off the field. They discuss how motherhoodand perceptions of motherhoodaffects a woman athlete's performance and perspective. Obviously, they keep stressing the need for girls to have role models, and they offer a bounty of them, ranging chronologically from Babe Didrickson-Zaharias to Mary Lou Retton and Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Acknowledging that women athletes still face stereotyping and more hurtful forms of institutional obstruction, they urge women to develop tougher hides and never to back down. What they face is encapsulated in this anecdote: needing tens of thousands of dollars for a project, women bobsledders approached a male executive of their sport about their financial bind. Sincerely eager to help, he said: "Why don't you hold a bake sale?" (Mar.)
Library Journal
As members of the underfunded and unrecognized U.S. women's bobsled team, sisters Powe and Powe-Allred know firsthand the obstacles faced by women in sports. The boys' club mentality, the belittling, the financial and emotional discouragement, and legal battles such as that faced by baseball player Julie Croteau are all discussed. The authors are, however, upbeat, arguing that sports are good for women and girls because they build confidence and determination and provide challenges and a close-knit network of friends. Using hundreds of examples, from local 11-year-old basketball prodigies to Babe Didrikson-Zaharias, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Bonnie Blair, and Olympic diver Micki King, the authors illustrate athletic women's lives. As positive as Mariah Burton Nelson's Are We Winning Yet? (LJ 2/1/91), this book would interest women readers from teen through adult. Recommended for all public libraries.Kathryn Ruffle, Coll. of New Caledonia Lib., Prince George, BC
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570281860
  • Publisher: Sams, Howard W. and Company
  • Publication date: 2/1/1998
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.05 (h) x 0.74 (d)

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