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The Best Inspirational Books About Female Athletes

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This article showcases our top picks for the Inspirational Books About Female Athletes. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

My Olympic Life by Anita L. DeFrantz

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This book is the autobiography of the first black American woman to take part in the Olympics. It entails how Anita overcame racism and sexism to become a bronze medal-winning rower at the 1976 Summer Olympics. All her hardships and trauma are portrayed in this book as a ray of hope for any female athlete who wants to compete at the highest level.

Fast Girls by Elise Hooper

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This book is an inspirational read for anyone who’s interested in sports. Based on true events, it shows the journey of three women from the US who strive to take part in the Olympics hosted by the Nazis. It’s a compelling book because these events took place when the US and Europe were facing the possibility of going to war. During such difficult times, three women chose to defy all odds and make their place in the world of the Olympics. It highlights the reality of society’s pressure and how women overcome it in different ways. Fast Girls is more like a success story for all girl bosses out there, and everyone must read it.

We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry

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Women’s sports have always been neglected. It’s not a topic often discussed on sports channels, even nowadays. But Quan Barry has hit all the spots by stirring 80s nostalgia and painting a picture of the challenges a women’s high school hockey team faces. Each character’s personality shines through, which is a pleasure to read. Young athletes show who they are against all odds. It’s not just about how a friend’s support is important in dark times – this book is a must-read for all looking for inspiration and a great storyline.

Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez

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The main character of this young adult book, part of the #OwnVoices movement, splits her time between her restrained home life, where she isn’t permitted to be an athlete and her other life as a successful soccer player. This coming-of-age story is set in Rosario, Argentina, and contains young romance, ambition, and fast-paced sports scenes. All of these elements are presented within the city’s fully developed geography.

A Beautiful Work in Progress by Mirna Valerio

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Mirna Valerio, a former elementary school teacher, turned ultrarunner, demonstrates how false and confining preconceived notions about people of a certain race and body type can be in her memoir, which is both funny and heartfelt. Valerio takes readers through her journey, from her first race to the 100-mile trail run she completed. Everyone who has ever put on a pair of shoes will be able to connect to this and think about problems they do not personally experience.

Bravery by Alexi Pappas

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The author of this memoir, a former Olympic runner who became an actor and filmmaker, tells the story of how he overcame adversity and turned agony into prosperity with honesty and a keen sense of humor. Additionally, it has a foreword written by Maya Rudolph and recommended by Mindy Kaling, so you know it’s of the highest quality.

Game Changers by Molly Schiot

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It all started with the Instagram page ‘The Unsung Heroins’.. Molly Schiot used to post pictures of famous and world renowned female athletes. The athletes she posted about are the ones who transformed the world of sports globally. Some exceptional athletes include Serena Williams, Lindsay Vonn and many others. Her book, Game Changers, has portrayed their journey from zero to full fledged successful athletes. Game Changers has gained immense popularity among the public. It is an illustrated compilation of never-before-seen images and anecdotes to inspire other females.

Wonder Girl by Don Van Natta Jr.

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This book is a fascinating portrait of one of the most incredible athletes of all time: Babe Didrikson Zaharias. A true pioneer, Zaharias was a fearless competitor who excelled in every sport she tried, including basketball, track and field, and golf. She was also a charismatic figure who captivated the public with her charm and wit. Don Van Natta Jr. tells the incredible story of Zaharias’s life, from her humble beginnings in Texas to her days as a world-famous athlete and celebrity. He also chronicles her brave battle with cancer, which she fought with the same determination and courage that defined her entire life.. Wonder Girl is an inspiring story about one of the most remarkable athletes of all time. It is sure to appeal to anyone who loves sports or knows someone who has battled cancer.

Bloomer Girls by Debra A. Shattuck

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Shattuck investigates how women’s players were forced into the stories of the women’s rights movement and how this altered conceptions of women’s physical and mental capabilities.

Dust Bowl Girls by Lydia Reeder

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The renowned Babe Didrikson’s lead team, the reigning national champions, are faced in an epic confrontation in Dust Bowl Girls, which captures the passion of the unlikely voyage there. Additionally, it depicts a time in American sports history when a forward-thinking coach inspired his young athletes to achieve more than just a successful season.

The Frailty Myth by Colette Dowling

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This story presents new evidence that girls are weaned from the use of their bodies even before they begin school. By adolescence, their strength and aerobic powers have started to decline unless the girls are exercising vigorously… and most aren’t. By sixteen, they have already lost bone density and have also been deprived of motor stimulation that is essential for brain growth. Yet as breakthroughs among elite women athletes grow more and more astounding, it begins to appear that strength and physical skill, for all women, is only a matter of learning and training.

Making My Pitch by Ila Jane Borders

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We’ve long known women athletes don’t get their due. They are often underpaid and unheralded despite excelling with limited opportunities and support, and they’re held to standards of beauty irrelevant to their skills

A Spectacular Leap by Jennifer H. Lansbury

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Follows the emergence of black women athletes from the African American community, their confrontations with contemporary attitudes of race, class, and gender, and their encounters with the Civil Rights Movement. Uncovering the various strategies the athletes use to beat back stereotypes, Lansbury explores the fullness of African American women’s relationship with sport in the twentieth century.

A Game of Their Own by Jennifer Ring

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This book celebrates the U.S. Women’s National Team and the excellence of its remarkable players. In response to the jeer “No girls allowed!” these are powerful stories of optimism, feistiness, and staying true to oneself.

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