Breaking Through: How Female Athletes Shattered Stereotypes in the Roaring Twenties

By: Sue Macy

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.

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 segregation 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.

ISBN: 9781426336775

JLG Release: Apr 2020


Sensitive Areas: Discrimination
Topics: Olympics , The 1920s , Women’s history , Women in sports , Track and field , Running , Women’s rights , Equality

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Macy chronicles the emergence of American women into collegiate, amateur, and professional sports during the 1920s despite harsh and powerful critics. The lively narrative, organized in five chapters, describes the challenges, injustices, and victories women experienced as they competed for the first time in baseball, biking, diving, swimming, tenn Macy chronicles the emergence of American women into collegiate, amateur, and professional sports during the 1920s despite harsh and powerful critics. The lively narrative, organized in five chapters, describes the challenges, injustices, and victories women experienced as they competed for the first time in baseball, biking, diving, swimming, tennis, and track and field. Each chapter contains a two-page time line that provides historical context with notable sociopolitical, popular, and technological events of the time. The similarities echoing today’s struggles are often striking: the fight for an Equal Rights Amendment in 1923 (still not ratified as an official law) and the Immigration Act of 1924, which established strict visa quotas into the United States from certain countries. Trailblazers such as Jewish immigrant Ida Schnall and African American tennis and basketball champion Isadore Channels are spotlighted with one-page overviews. Newspaper clippings provide entertaining snippets about groundbreaking women like Eleonora Sears, a multitalented athlete who walked over 42 miles in record time in her 50s. The book, which uses an art deco font and layout, is visually appealing and includes high quality, well-selected photographs. Eye-catching, colorized historic photos at the beginning of each chapter are a clever stylistic choice, showing that women were “coming to life” during this era. The back matter includes a lengthy epilogue, a time line of defining moments, and an author’s note that acknowledges the lack of historical sports records on Asian American, Latina, and Native American women in particular. A fascinating and credible overview of women in American sports in the 1920s. A win for most public and school ­library collections.

Book Details

ISBN

9781426336775

First Release

April 2020

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

796.082

Trim Size

7 1/2" x 10"

Page Count

96

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Library edition

Publisher

National Geographic

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Discrimination

Topics

Olympics, The 1920s, Women’s history, Women in sports, Track and field, Running, Women’s rights, Equality,

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