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Reviewed by Diana Lopez for Readers' Favorite
The title You Play Like A Girl: Honoring the First Women in Sports repeats a phrase that for many people means playing badly or being too slow, but many women athletes have achieved wonders and set records. For women, the first challenge begins with childhood, because parents tend to encourage boys to play sports more so than girls. Sometimes when teenage girls try to join a team, they are not valued or are discriminated against. It's up to us to change that scenario. JoAnn Fastoff shows us that women in sports can challenge gender stereotypes, and provide great inspiration as role models. Fastoff asserts that without a doubt men and women are equal.
You Play Like A Girl: Honoring the First Women in Sports is an entertaining book. Each chapter focuses on a different sport and each story is motivating in itself. I enjoyed learning how women have overcome obstacles. Historically, women athletes have even encountered issues such as uniforms, arbitrary rules, skin color, and many other concerns that seem hard to believe today. Some situations continue, such as not receiving the support of other women. By reading what other women have achieved, knowing that they have made an effort to be role models, I see how they are providing a timeless and relevant message. I enjoyed how JoAnn Fastoff advances the case for women, breaking down the myths and stereotypes that hinder progress.