March is Women’s History Month—the perfect time to start celebrating legendary women in sports if you aren’t already on a daily basis.
In a Presidential address to the nation in 1980, President Jimmy Carter said something remarkable that, in the name of celebrating history, deserves to be remembered today:
“Men and women have worked together to build this nation. Too often the women were unsung and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed. But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength and love of the women who built America was as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well.”
Thirty-seven years later, not much has changed when it comes to sports. Most people know the names of dozens, if not hundreds, of male athletes, but how many female athletes are household names? Women athletes haven’t received the same media coverage as their male counterparts—and Excelle Sports is helping to change that.
Here, 10 stories that we’ve published in the past year that celebrate the game changers, pioneers and powerful women who have shifted perspectives and created opportunity in sports for the females who follow.
In celebration of women’s history month, check out Game Changers: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History($16.05). The hardcover celebrates dozens of pioneering, forgotten female athletes of the 20th century, with rarely seen photos and new interviews of past and present game changers, including runner Gabriela Andersen-Schiess and soccer’s Abby Wambach.