An unapologetically candid and illuminating history of women and their fight for equality, told through the influential world of sports.
From early Amazons to modern-day athletes, women have been fighting for their rightful place in the world. The history of these female athletes—whether warriors on the battlefield or competitors in the sports arena—has often been neglected, yet it is through sports that women have changed society, gaining entry into education, travel, politics, and more.
When Women Stood: The Untold History of Females Who Changed Sports is an eye-opening chronicle of the amazing women who refused to accept the status quo and fought for something better for themselves and for those who would follow. It includes the stories of female football players, Olympic athletes, powerlifters, and soccer stars, of historians, archeologists, crusaders, and scientists. It also reveals the surprisingly interwoven history of women’s fashion, scientific advances, feminine ideals, and more.
Women’s sports history cannot be told without also telling the story of the fight for gender and racial equality, economics, medical biases, gay and transgender history, violence, religion, media, abuse, and activism. When Women Stood is the first to go beyond the record books and gold medal counts to truly dig into the vital role women and sports have played in instigating change in society as a whole. And it shows that, despite seemingly unsurmountable odds, the true spirit of the female athlete can never be restrained.
Alexandra Allred is a former professional athlete who made sports history when she won the first-ever U.S. Women’s Bobsled Championship when she was over four months pregnant. A former fighter and fourth degree black belt, Allred has been teaching martial arts, self-defense and mainstream fitness classes for over 25 years. She is the author of the award-winning book Atta Girl! A Celebration of Women in Sport. Today, she is an adjunct professor and researcher of sports and exercise science. For more, please visit www.alexandraallred.com.
Chapter 1: Early Women Warriors
Chapter 2: The Media Image of Women of Enlightenment
Chapter 3: White Women in Sport
Chapter 4: Suffragist Movement
Chapter 5: Women of Color
Chapter 6:The Importance of Race, Sports and the Polite Society
Chapter 7: Women, War and Her Entry into Sport
Chapter 8: A League of Their Own
Chapter 9: The Real History Behind Title IX and the Battle of the Sexes
Chapter 10: Media Relations and the Second Wave Woman
Chapter 11: The Third Wave and the Women of the 80s and 90s
Chapter 12: Exploitation of the Female Image
Chapter 13: Modern Medicine for the Modern Woman
Chapter 14: Lesbians in Sport & Society
Chapter 15: The Closing of the Twentieth Century
Chapter 16: Sports & Abuse
Chapter 17: The Fourth Wave of Women in Sports & Society
Chapter 18: Transgender Female Athletes in Sport
Chapter 19: Title IX in the New Millenium
Chapter 20: Game Changers
Chapter 21: Where Do We Go from Here?
Postscript: Regarding the Women Who Participated in this Book
About the Author
When Women Stood inspired me. The strong and courageous women profiled have paved the way for so many girls to have opportunities that their grandmothers would not have dreamed of. I'm reaching for my gym bag now.
Alexandra Allred tells the stories of the unknown, the unheard, and the unpopular truth of women in sports.
This book took me on a journey to realizing the fundamental truth I had been missing: for women, sports represent freedom—the freedom to control their own bodies and their own destiny. For a history buff, it’s a feast. For someone studying women’s history, it’s essential.
Cascading through centuries of time, this book quickly engages the reader as it highlights the rarely told stories of women sport icons, from centuries past to the well-known game changers of today. The author’s research and historical insights in this eye opener delve into the tumultuous plight of women in sports and the dysfunctional social norms they continually face...and break.