Great Women in the Sport of Kings: America's Top Women Jockeys Tell Their Stories

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Scooter Toby Davidson, Valerie Anthony
Syracuse University Press, 1999 - Sports & Recreation - 132 pages
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Although it has only been thirty years since the first female jockey rode onto the then male-only turf of thoroughbred horse racing, they have since made their mark on the racetrack and in the winner's circle. Great Women in the Sport of Kings, the first book to consider the phenomenon of female jockeys, takes an in-depth look at their lives.

Through the oral histories of ten top female jockeys, the authors offer intimate portraits of how they overcame personal and professional obstacles to rise to the top of thoroughbred horse racing. In her Introduction, women's sports historian Mary Jo Festle explores the larger issues of women in sport, sexism in horse racing, the struggles female jockeys face, and the significance of their success.

  

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Women were not allowed to be jockeys in horse races until 1969. In the 30 years since, obstacles have fallen until, today, female jockeys are usually "taken for granted at tracks." This oral history ... Read full review

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Davidson has spent more than twenty years in the field of design and promotion.

Anthony promotes new artists and writers.

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