Shattering The Glass: The Remarkable History Of Women's Basketball

Shattering The Glass: The Remarkable History Of Women's Basketball

by Pamela Grundy, Susan Shackelford

Hardcover(New Edition)



Over the past decade, women’s basketball has exploded onto the national sports scene. WNBA and NCAA television ratings have skyrocketed; movies, magazines, and clothing lines showcase female players. But as the authors of Shattering the Glass show, women’s basketball has a much longer history, reaching back over a century of struggle, liberation, and gutsy play.

Shattering the Glass offers a sweeping chronicle of women’s basketball in the United States, from its invention in the late nineteenth century to its dominant position in sports today. Offering vivid portraits of forgotten heroes and contemporary stars, it also provides a broader perspective on the history of the sport, exploring its relationship to changing ideas of womanhood, efforts to expand women’s economic and political rights, and definitions of sexual equality.

Based on original interviews with players, coaches, administrators, broadcasters, and extensively illustrated, Shattering the Glass provides a moving, gritty view of the game on and off the court, and an empowering story of the generations of women who have shaped women’s basketball.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781565848221
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 08/19/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 306
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Pamela Grundy’s most recent book, Learning to Win, won the 2001 North American Society for Sport History Book Award. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Susan Shackelford has written on sports for the AP, the Miami Herald, the Charlotte Observer, and the Greensboro (N.C.) Daily News. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

A remarkable look at the diversity and richness of this beautiful game.—Dawn Staley, three-time Olympic gold medalist

This book is not only a fascinating historical look through the beginnings and growth of women's basketball—it also tells the stories of many of the inspiring women who laid the foundation to make this great game GREAT.—Anne Donovan, 2008 U.S. Olympic Team coach and former coach of the Seattle Storm

This nonstop romp through hoops history is not only lively storytelling but a fascinating window on race, gender, and class on and off the court.—Robert Lipsyte, novelist and former New York Times columnist

A lively, engaging story of a game whose history, surprisingly, is not one of continuous and increasing popularity but of advances and setbacks. . . . Fascinating.—Library Journal

A must read for both scholars and laypersons interested in basketball, sport or women's history. . . . Difficult to put down.—Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal

A must read for anyone who loves the game. Pamela Grundy and Susan Shackelford introduce us to the women who opened the gymnasium doors for generations to come.—Rebecca Lobo, broadcaster and former All-American player

Shattering the Glass is an indispensable resource for the sport played more than any other by women all over the world.—BUST

Filled with vivid characters and heart-stopping moments, this sweeping, century-long story places women's sports at the heart of the fight for women's rights.—Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Carefully researched and enhanced with photos, notes, a bibliography and index. . . . A must . . . . Every library should own this book.—KLIATT

You needn't be a hoops junkie to enjoy this engaging chronicle; the story of women's basketball reflects that of all female athletic endeavors over the past 100-some years—full of physical joy, political struggle and ultimate glory.—Ms.

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