Dare to Make History: Chasing a Dream and Fighting for Equity

Dare to Make History: Chasing a Dream and Fighting for Equity

Dare to Make History: Chasing a Dream and Fighting for Equity

Dare to Make History: Chasing a Dream and Fighting for Equity


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Dare to Make History is the story of two courageous and talented women who weren’t willing to accept anything less than being treated as equals. On their journey to a gold medal in women’s ice hockey, they became role models for generations before and after them.

Twins Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando started playing ice hockey with their four older brothers and their friends on a frozen pond next to their home in North Dakota. No girls hockey teams, no problem―they just played on boys teams.

They went on to win six World Championships and played in three Olympics, winning two silver medals and ultimately a gold medal in South Korea in 2018 for the USA Women’s National Team.

They did not allow roadblocks and discrimination deter them from taking on their governing body—USA Hockey—threatening to boycott the 2017 World Championships and jeopardizing their ability to compete in the 2018 Olympics unless their gender equity issues were addressed. The success of Monique, Jocelyne, and their team thrust them into the center of the struggle for gender equity, for women in hockey and in sports in general, as well as in society at large.

In Dare to Make History, the Lamoureux twins chronicle their journey to the pinnacle of their sport, their efforts along with almost 150 other hockey players to start a new professional women’s hockey league, their training to come back and make another national team after giving birth, their tireless efforts to advance the interests of disadvantaged communities in closing the digital divide, and their ongoing contributions as role models championing the dreams of future generations of girls in sports, education, and the workplace.

This is not a hockey book. It is not a girls book. It is a book about the importance of the fight for equity, particularly gender equity. It is the inspirational story of how two young women from a small town in North Dakota have dreamed big—had the courage to take on huge battles—and in the end how they have dared to make history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635767278
Publisher: Radius Book Group
Publication date: 02/23/2021
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 409,787
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 10 Years

About the Author

Jocelyne Lamoureux Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando share many things in common. They are identical twin sisters, born and raised in North Dakota. Starting at age 5, they began to play ice hockey with and against their four older brothers and on boys teams because there were no girls teams. Their competitive hockey careers started on the frozen pond in the back of their house but eventually extended to the world stage. Always playing on the same team, they won seven world championships, two Olympic silver medals, and ultimately, an Olympic gold medal in PyeongChang, South Korea in 2018. In the gold medal game, Monique scored the tying goal and Jocelyne scored the highlight reel shootout winning goal.

Monique and Jocelyne are much more than world-class athletes, though. They were raised to be difference makers. Before the 2017 world championships, the Lamoureux twins and their team put their gold medal hopes at risk by taking on their governing body by championing the cause of gender equity for themselves and for the next generation of female hockey players.

After the 2018 Olympics, they became mothers within six weeks of each other and now share a new bond of motherhood and a brand new motivation to continue their hockey careers.

Both women are dedicated to leveling the playing field for young girls and women, whether in sports, the workplace, or life. They both reside in Grand Forks, North Dakota, with their husbands and sons.

Table of Contents

Foreword Mika Brzezinski 1

Introduction: Making the Team 5

Part 1 The Dream 13

1 It Begins With a Dream 15

2 You Have to Swim the Laps 21

3 The Path to Winning 25

4 Playing Against Boys 31

5 Setting Priorities: Family, Hockey, and School 37

6 Nothing Less Than Our Best 43

7 Just the Start 49

8 Teamwork 55

9 Perspective 59

10 Graduation 67

Part 2 Team USA 73

11 One Is Better Than None 75

12 The Spin Move of All Time 81

13 Vancouver 2010 85

14 Starting Over 91

15 Heart and Character 99

16 Triple Overtime 105

17 Sochi 113

Part 3 The Battle for Equity and Gold 121

18 A Recipe for Success 123

19 Inequities-Time to Make a Statement 127

20 They All Wanted to Help 133

21 One Group, One Voice, Unbreakable 141

22 Be Bold for Change 147

23 Dare to Make History 155

24 Perfect Timing 161

25 Even Stronger 165

26 Pyeongchang 175

27 Gold 179

Part 4 Bigger Than Us 191

28 Almost Famous 193

29 Playing For Two 199

30 Cheer For the One Behind 205

31 Bigger Than Us 213

Letters of Change 220

Acknowledgments 224

Index 229

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