NIKE IS A GODDESS ~ The History of Women in Sports

NIKE IS A GODDESS  ~ The History of Women in Sports

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Book review and technical detail NIKE IS A GODDESS ~ The History of Women in Sports edited Lissa Smith

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Title
NIKE IS A GODDESS ~ The History of Women in Sports
author edited Lissa Smith
ISBN 107634
Language English
Category Entertainment & Sports
Publisher Atlantic Monthly Pr
Pages 331
Publishing Date 1st January, 1970

Book Reviews:

Calling on changeable sportswriters from Sports Illustrated, the Miami Herald, the New York Times, and added publications, Smith has accumulated a assorted accumulating of 13 essays, anniversary abstraction the development of a accurate women’s sport. Anniversary writer’s abrupt history includes profiles of its aboriginal heroines and its present stars. In some, such as Jean Weiss’s “Rhapsody in White,” on skiing, the writer’s acquaintance with and adulation of the action accomplish for a absolutely absorbing piece. Others, such as “The History of Women in Track and Field,” by Kathleen McElroy, are as actual as their titles, with all the action of an album article. Even the arresting Babe Didricksen Zaharias , who turns up in added essays on baseball and golf, seems beneath than three-dimensional in McElroy’s account. What does appear beyond in abounding of the essays is how WWII opened a window of opportunity, admitting a acting one, for females to accomplish their mark in commonly macho sports. More important, however, was Appellation IX, the 1972 federal law prohibiting sex bigotry in federally adjourned educational institutions, which has accustomed a cogent addition to changeable able-bodied programs. Despite its all-embracing title, the history accompanying actuality is one apparent through American eyes. With some exceptions—Sonia Henie in ice skating, Martina Navratilova in tennis, Nadia Comaneci in gymnastics—when added countries’ women athletes are mentioned, it is usually in affiliation to their American competition. As in men’s sports, success is abstinent not aloof in Olympic medals and Wheaties box fame, but in the dollar amount of artefact endorsements, e.g., sneaker commercials. In that respect, it seems, the adventure of women in sports is aloof beginning. Even with its shortcomings, this accumulating serves able-bodied as a admonition of how abrupt a time it has been back alone “tomboys” developed muscles, sweated, and played to win.

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