Victoria Patterson Guest Posts on Shelf Pleasure: Women in Sports and Women Authors


“February 5 celebrates National Girls and Women in Sports Day. But there is very little literature about women athletes, and women have written very few sports novels.  The reason is simple: women have been largely excluded from athletics, and before Title IX passed in 1972, there wasn’t any way to change this.

The world of sports is considered to be masculine, and the literature surrounding it encompasses a cultural myth and ideology exclusive to men.  Women are peripheral to these narratives—usually wives, girlfriends, mothers, and sisters to the main subjects.

In honor of National Girls and Women in Sports Day, here are four books I recommend…”

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