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Level the Playing Field: The Past, Present, and Future of Women's Pro Sports

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The experience of being a professional athlete is very different for men and women. While men’s pro sports command throngs of fans, media attention, and money, many of the world’s top professional female athletes aren’t valued or recognized equally for their talent—even though female athletes prove time and time again that they have all the skill, drama, and rivalries of ...more
Hardcover, 56 pages
Published October 15th 2016 by Owlkids
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Wunderdrugged
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
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This title is nominated for the 2018 Hackmatack Children's choice book award in the non-fiction category.
I never would have guessed that this is Rutherford's first children's book! It is great to read a non-fiction book that has such a strong narrative. I really liked the way that the story unfolded from the past to the present while covering such a wide variety of sports, countries, as well as different aspects of the sports industry (management, marketing, etc.) without ever feeling
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Sandy Brehl
Valuable on many levels. Outstanding nonfiction in content, design, appeal, and text features.
Gaby
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved this book, especially for sharing with my daughters (elementary and middle school grades). It helped us learn more about phenomenal women and about how to support them. There were great stories about great women, and it was really encouraging to my girls, particularly in the light of current USA women's issues. The photos in the book were sharp and clear, and the girls enjoyed looking at them and then looking the women up on Google to learn more about them (or to watch them in action on ...more
Nicole
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Level the Playing Field: The Past, Present, and Future of Women's Pro Sports by Kristina Rutherford is a book that will inspire young athletes. It is a great book that contains information for all young athletes, male and female. It is a book that encourages an equal playing field for males and females.

This is a great look at the known and little-known names in women’s sports. With one-page interviews, historical glimpses and impassioned text this book is a must have for women of any age who
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Anne
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Women have always struggled for equal rights and this remains true in the sports arena. This informational text looks at the past, present, and future of women in sports. Text is fairly dense but there are lots of full-color photographs to break it up a bit. There are several interviews interspersed throughout the book as well. Wide variety of sports and diverse ethnic representation as well. There is also a short focus on women as coaches and trainers. An index and biography are listed in the ...more
Lindsy
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, sports
Although this book is already a bit outdated, there are some neat stories about powerful women in sports. This book introduces students to the historical significance of female gains within a typically male dominated field, in a wide variety of sports.
Ambur Taft
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great info for all young athletes, male and female....we do need to level the playing field.
Ellison
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This shares that a person can be an athlete no mater their reproductive status. Due to a lack of paying customers female sports have little following which causes little corporate support and advertising which then causes little following. Females were initially discouraged to participate in sports due to ideas of being lady-like and concerns for reproduction. Well, females can sweat and bleed just as well as men, so go at it! And, if a victory excites you enough to tear off an article of ...more
Anne
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This well written, timely book explains the long road travelled by women in sports to get to where they are today as well as the work,that remains. There are interviews with athletes, an examination of sports ranging from tennis to baseball to mixed martial arts. Stereotyping and discrimination in both the past and present are explored. I recommend this book for middle grade students and up.
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Jessica ☕ Rodrigues
Aug 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a highly recommended resource for older elementary and middle school students researching women's sports. It covers a variety of topics, both historical and contemporary, interviews with athletes, and is full of illustrations. It would make a great addition to public and school libraries, and may inspire young female athletes.

I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Read other reviews at decafJess.blogspot.com.
Angela
Aug 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I've only read a few pages before needing to send this preview copy on to a library, but I'm so happy to be adding this book to our Girls in Sports collection.

Great photography, organized like a thesis, and designed to cover all the bases (philosophically and literally).

Recommended for schools and libraries.
Barbra
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a great look at the known and little-known names in women’s sports. With one-page interviews, historical glimpses and impassioned text this book is a must have for women of any age who have athletic dreams or just want to read about inspirational players.
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Well written look at the differences between women and men pro sports. Positive look at the changes in women's sports. Diversity in athletes included.
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