Set against a backdrop of social change during the 1970s, State is a compelling first-person account of what it was like to live through both traditional gender discrimination in sports and the joy of the very first days of equalityor at least the closest that one high school girls' basketball team ever came to it.
In 1975, freshman Melissa Isaacsonalong with a group of other girls who'd spent summers with their noses pressed against the fences of Little League ball fields, unable to playentered Niles West High School in suburban Chicago with one goal: make a team, any team. For "Missy," that turned out to be the basketball team.
Title IX had passed just three years earlier, prohibiting gender discrimination in education programs or activities, including athletics. As a result, states like Illinois began implementing varsity competitionand state tournamentsfor girls' high school sports.
At the time, Missy and her teammates didn't really understand the legislation. All they knew was they finally had opportunitiesto play, to learn, to sweat, to lose, to winand an identity: they were athletes. They were a team.
And in 1979, they became state champions.
With the intimate insights of the girl who lived it, the pacing of a born storyteller, and the painstaking reporting of a veteran sports journalist, Isaacson chronicles one high school team's journey to the state championship. In doing so, Isaacson shows us how a group of "tomboys" found themselves and each other, and how basketball rescued them from their collective frustrations and troubled homes, and forever altered the course of their lives.
Generi Storia e Biografie » Storia delle Americhe » Biografie Diari e Memorie » Sportivi , Sport » Altri sport » Atleti e personaggi dello sport , Politica e Società » Donne » Femminismo e storia delle donne
Editore Agate Publishing
Formato Ebook con Adobe DRM
EAN-13 9781572848252 9781572848252