A richly illustrated and inspiring book highlighting the achievements and stories of fifty notable women athletes from the 1800s to today, by the New York Times bestselling author of Women in Science. “This is one of the books we’ve been waiting for—a compendium of great women athletes and the struggles they faced.”—Lesley Visser, Hall of Fame sportscaster
Women for the win!
The fifty illustrated profiles in Women in Sports
feature trailblazers, Olympians, and record-breaking female athletes in more than forty sports, including well-known figures like tennis player Billie Jean King and gymnast Simone Biles, as well as lesser-known champions like Toni Stone, the first woman to play baseball in a professional men’s league, and skateboarding pioneer Patti McGee. Women in Sports
also contains infographics on topics that sporty women want to know about, such as muscle anatomy, a timeline of women’s participation in sports, pay and media statistics for female athletes, and influential women’s teams. This beautiful and inspiring book
celebrates the success of the tough, bold, and fearless women who paved the way for today’s athletes.
July 18, 2017
is a New York Times
bestselling author, illustrator, and designer. Rachel and her work have been featured in many print and online media outlets such as the New York Times
, Los Angeles Times
, Scientific American
, Science Friday
, Brain Pickings
, and more. She is the author of Women in Science
, Women in Sports
, Women in Art, I Love Science
, and The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth
. She is a graduate of Tyler School of Art’s graphic design program.
“Exhaustive and enlightening—don't miss it.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Rachel Ignotofsky’s delightful book renders the healthy pleasure of sports for girls and women in buoyant color and form—from Bloomer Girls to Skate Bettys, in calf length skirts or disguised as men—reminding us that no matter if you are nine or ninety-eight, the question to ask is, ‘What is my next victory?’”—Mina Samuels, author of Run Like a Girl
“This luminescent book tells the stories of women and girls who have not only excelled in athletics, but also often changed the world by doing so. I was agog at these lively biographies and dazzled by the accompanying illustrations that seem to cartwheel, swim, pole vault, and double flip off the page. This is a book for girls who want inspiration on the field, in the pool, or down the track. It’s also for girls who aren’t sporty at all, but love stories of courage, perseverance, sass, doggedness, and fun. And don’t forget the boys, who will be riveted by these rollicking tales and who need to see that girl power has been alive and well for many years and is alive and well today.”—Caroline Paul, author of The Gutsy Girl
“What an inspiring book! These beautifully drawn portraits cover the triumphs and troubles of fifty athletes—some you’ve heard of and many you haven’t. There’s a familiar pattern to these stories: A woman sets her mind on something, someone tells her it can’t be done, and she goes ahead and does it anyway, setting records along the way. You’ll cheer for these ladies, and for author Rachel Ignotofsky.”—Lisa Taggart, author of Women Who Win