Illustrated profiles of fifty pioneering female athletes, from the author of the New York Times bestseller Women in Science.
1. Annie Smith Peck- (1850 -1935) Mountain Climber
2. Madge Syers (1881-1917) Figure Skater
3. Georgia "Tiny" Broadwick (1893-1978) Skydiver
4. Bobbie Rosenfeld (1904-1969) Track and Field, Hockey, tennis and softball player
5. Gertrude Ederle (1905-2003) Swimmer
6. Aileen Muriel Riggin 1906-2002 Olympic Diver
7. "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias (1911-1956) Golfer, track and field and basketball player 8. Keiko Fukuda 1913-2013 Judoka
9. Marion Ladewig (1914-2010) Bowler
10. Toni Stone (1921-1996) Baseball Player
11. Althea Gibson (1927-2993) Tennis Player
12. Ann Calvello - (1929-2006) Roller Derby
* INFOGRAPHIC: TIMELINE
13. Sue Sally Hale - (1937-2003) Polo Player and Trainer
14. Wilma Rudolph (1940-1994) Track and Field Sprinter
15. Jody Conradt (1941-) Basketball coach
16. Billie Jean King (1943-) Tennis player
17. Anita DeFrantz (1952-) Rower and Athletic Administrator
18. Bev Francis (1955-) Weightlifter and body builder
19. Flo Hyman (1954-1986) Volleyball player
20. Patti McGee (1954-) Skateboarder
21. Susan Butcher (1954-2003) Dog Musher
22. Camille Duvall - (1960-) Water skier and Sports Journalist
23. Nadia Elena Coma neci (1961- ) Gymnast
* INFOGRAPHIC: MUSCLE ANATOMY
24. Jackie Joyner-Kersee (1962 -) Heptathlete
25. Julie Krone (1963-) Jockey
26. Bonnie Blair (1964-) Speedskater
27. Anjali Bhagwat (1969-) Markswoman
28. Chantal Petitclerc (1969- ) Wheelchair racer
29. Kim Soo-nyung (1971- ) Archer
30. Kristi Yamaguchi - 1971- Figure Skater
31. Layne Collette Beachley (1971-) Surfer
32. Mia Hamm (1972 -) Soccer Player
33. Lisa Leslie 1972- Basketball player
* INFOGRAPHIC: STATISTICS IN SPORTS
34. Manon Rhe aume (1972-) Ice Hockey goaltender
35. Deng Yaping (1973-) Ping Pong Player
36. Valentina Vezzal (1974-) Fencer and Politician
37. Ellen MacArthur 1976- Yachtswoman
38. Melissa Stockwell (1980-) Para-triathlete and U.S. Army officer.
39. Jolene Van Vugt (1980-) Motocross rider
40. Serena Williams (1981- ) and Venus Williams (1980- ) Tennis players and Olympians 41. Nicola Adams (1982-) Boxer
42. Beryl Burton, (1937-1996) Cyclist
* INFOGRAPHIC: INFLUENTIAL FEMALE TEAMS
43. Kelly Clarke (1983-) Snow Border
44. Natalie du Toit (1984-) Swimmer and paralympian
45. Lindsey Vonn 1984- Alpine Skier
46. Ronda Jean Rousey (1987-) Mixed Martial artist
47. Michelle Wie (1989-) Golfer
48. Mariana Pajo n (1991-) BMX Cyclist
49. Gabby Douglas 1995 - Artistic Gymnast
50. Missy Franklin 1995 - Swimmer
* INFOGRAPHIC: MORE WOMEN IN SPORTS
RACHEL IGNOTOFSKY is an illustrator and designer. She graduated from Tyler School of Art's graphic design program and formerly worked as a senior designer and illustrator at Hallmark Greetings. Rachel and her work have been featured in many print and online media outlets such as Babble,The Huffington Post, Scientific American, and Buzzfeed. She is the author of Women in Science.
2018 Amelia Bloomer List selection, American Library
"Exhaustive and enlightening-don't miss it."
- Kirkus Reviews
"This is one of the books we've been waiting for-a compendium of great women athletes and the struggles they faced. As Billie Jean King taught us, 'Pressure is a privilege.'"
- Lesley Visser, Hall of Fame sportscaster
"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
"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
"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