Today, February 6, is National Girls & Women in Sports Day. National Girls & Women in Sports Day began in February of 1987 as a day to remember Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman, a champion of equality for women in sports. Since then, NGWSD has grown to honor all women athletes and their achievements, recall the progress made since Title IX was implemented, remember the continuing struggle for equality in women’s sports, and recognize the positive influence in sports participation for women and girls.
Whether you’re looking for an inspirational story or you, your daughter, or other relative is an athlete, read and share one of these books about female athletes.
Women in Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes who Played to Win by Rachel Ignotofsky
A great overview of women in sports throughout history, this book covers well-known athletes like Simone Biles, Lindsey Vonn, and Serena Williams, as well as lesser-known athletes like Madge Syers, Beryl Burton, and Toni Stone. Borrow this from the library for the budding athlete in your life.
In the middle of the Great Depression, Sam Babb created the Oklahoma Presbyterian College Cardinals, a women’s collegiate basketball team that existed long before Title IX and offered its team members a path to a better life.
Game Changers: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History by Molly Schiot
Based on the Instagram account @TheUnsungHeroines, Game Changers introduces us to forgotten female athletes that blazed a trail for the female athletes of today and gives them the recognition they deserve.
A Game of Their Own: Voices of Contemporary Women in Baseball by Jennifer Ring
Many people forget that there are women in baseball; A Game of Their Own seeks to change that with the story of the 2010 Women’s World Cup Tournament.