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Great Women in the Sport of Kings: America's Top Women Jockeys Tell Their Stories (Sports and Entertainment)by Scooter Toby Davidson
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Although it has only been thirty years since the first female jockey rode onto the then male-only turf of thoroughbred horse racing, they have since made their mark on the racetrack and in the winner's circle. Great Women in the Sport of Kings, the first book to consider the phenomenon of female jockeys, takes an in-depth look at their lives.<P>Through the oral histories of ten top female jockeys, the authors offer intimate portraits of how they overcame personal and professional obstacles to rise to the top of thoroughbred horse racing. In her Introduction, women's sports historian Mary Jo Festle explores the larger issues of women in sport, sexism in horse racing, the struggles female jockeys face, and the significance of their success.
Book News Annotation:
Ten top female jockeys tell how they overcame personal and professional obstacles to rise to the top of Thoroughbred horse racing. Their narratives detail childhood passions, adult strivings, and intense athleticism, and offer compelling stories of how these accomplished riders shattered an all-male arena. An introduction explores larger issues of women in sport, sexism in horse racing, struggles female jockeys faces, and the significance of their success. Includes b&w photos and a glossary. No index.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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