Nike is a Goddess: The History of Women in Sports

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Lissa Smith
Atlantic Monthly Press, 1999 - Social Science - 331 pages
Recent years have seen a huge explosion in the popularity and commercial viability of women's sports - with new professional leagues for women to play in, new magazines to cover them, and recognition for female athletes that is overtaking that of men. Nike Is a Goddess tells the dramatic story of the rise of women's sports over the last century in a series of original narratives focusing on the great female athletes whose success has changed the game and paved the way for the women and girls of today. From historic boundary breakers like Babe Didrikson Zaharias and Althea Gibson to modern-day superstars like Tara Lipinski, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, and Rebecca Lobo, from Gertrude Ederle's historic swim across the English Channel to Billie Jean King's victory over Bobby Riggs in the Battle of the Sexes, Nike Is a Goddess tells the inspiring stories of women opening up an arena that had been closed to them. Written by top female sportswriters from such publications as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Conde Nast Sports for Women, Women's Sports and Fitness, The Miami Herald, and Sports Illustrated, Nike Is a Goddess pays tribute to the athletes who led the way and serves as inspiration to those who will come after.
 

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Calling on female sportswriters from Sports Illustrated, the Miami Herald, the New York Times, and other publications, Smith has assembled a motley collection of 13 essays, each sketching the ... Read full review

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Contents

Somewhere to Run
3
Swinging for the Fences
33
Net Profits
57
Selling Their Game
81
Women on the Water
105
Rhapsody in White
137
Gaining an Edge
159
From Gold Spangles to Gold Medals
181
From the Suburbs to the Sports Arenas
245
In From the Cold
269
Not Quite the Game Intended
293
A Seismic Shift in the Culture
315
Notes
319
About the Authors
323
Photo Credits
327
Acknowledgments
329

The Highest Risks for the Boldest of Athletes
199
The Battle Against Time and Gravity
221

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