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

by Macy, Sue,

Format: Print Book 2020
Availability: Available at 9 Libraries 9 of 9 copies
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Brentwood Library Juvenile Non-fiction JUV 796 Macy
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Award-winning author Sue Macy offers a fresh and timely account of women in sports in the 1920s, and how their determination, talent, and defiance in the face of criticism promoted women's rights, redefined femininity, and changed the course of history.

Join the team as 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 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.

Taking the plunge 1920-21 (and before)
Creating opportunities 1922-23
Gaining recognition 1924-25
Celebrating victories 1926-27
Facing new challenges 1928-29.

Published Reviews
Booklist 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.--Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2019 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this well-researched account, Macy (The Book Rescuer) profiles female athletes in the 1920s who paved the way for future generations of women. Each chapter begins with a spotlight of a single athlete whose story opens up a larger understanding of the decade. Archival photographs and news stories add further context, as do additional sidebars, timelines of other notable events from each year, and short "Trailblazer" biographies of accomplished women. Along with inspiring accounts of how the athletes debunked common beliefs about what women could or should be able to do, the profiles reveal the complex barriers of racism as well as sexism. For example, Sportswoman magazine, started in 1924, celebrated the accomplishments of female athletes but focused mainly on upper- and middle-class white women, skipping events and athletes at historically black colleges. An epilogue covers opportunities that followed the passing of Title IX, and a timeline of "Defining Moments in Women's Sports" begins with the impact of cycling on women's lives in the 1890s. While young researchers may be the most obvious audience for this title, the attractive design and compelling subject will likely entice young browsers as well. Ages 8--12. (Feb.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects 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.
Women -- Biography.
Publisher Washington, D.C. :National Geographic,2020
Language English
Description 96 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 9781426336768
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