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Complete Idiot’s Guide to Women in Sports

A fun-filled look at the history of women in sports

“From Sparta to the Sydney Olympics, Randi celebrates the rich history of women in sports.”

– Silken Laumann, world champion rower and Olympic medalist


Ever since the plucky Kallipateira snuck in to compete in the all-male Olympic games in ancient Greece, female athletes have fought to win recognition for their gender. And once they exchanged their corsets for bloomers and took up cycling en masse in the late 1800s, the wheels of progress were set in motion. Today, women are active at every level of competition in dozens of sports. This book examines opposition to women in sports through the ages and catalogues female athletes’ trials and triumphs, sport by sport.