Girls don’t do that.
Girls shouldn’t do that.
Girls can’t do that.
Not very long ago, that’s exactly what many people said whenever a woman tried to play a sport or do
anything athletic. Most people believed that women were too weak and delicate to play sports.
Fortunately, not all women believed what they were told. Trude Ederle, Louise Stokes, Tidye Pickett, Julie Krone and Danica Patrick didn"t. When these sports pioneers were told “Girls don’t,” they did. When they were told “Girls shouldn’t,” they asked “why not?” And when they were told “Girls can’t,” they showed girls most certainly can. This book tells the story of these pioneers in women’s sports. Thanks to them, everyone knows now that girls can do anything they want.
GLENN STOUT is the author of Young Woman and the Sea, Red Sox Century, Yankees Century, The Dodgers, and The Cubs. He has been the editor of The Best American Sports Writing since its inception.