Sorry for not posting last week, I was fighting strep and was running a fever a few times, and me + fever = nothing makes sense. Needless to say, I’m pretty sure a book, my tea mug, and my cozy bed are calling my name to finish recovering from the little spell of being sick. Speaking of books, I recently read a fantastic book, and here is The Accidental Athlete by Stephanie Atwood book review.
I love the way The Accidental Athlete was written. It wasn’t written in the typical way of someone continuously bragging about what they’ve accomplished when it comes to their sport, but instead, The Accidental Athlete was more personal. You got to know what Stephanie went through to become the runner she is today. Especially since the way society was at the time when Stephanie began running.
Little history lesson here:
Up until 1972 – when Title IX AKA the Patsy Takemoto Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act was passed – women weren’t typically allowed to run, or take part in most physical activities whether that was in school, or in everyday life as a form of exercise. The main reasons being that 1. Doctors believed if women ran there could be medical complications, and 2. Running – which leads to sweating – wasn’t feminine, and should be left to the men.
Now that we’re caught up in our history… Back to the review:
This book for me was very much a reminder of how far women have come regarding sports and athletics. From before Title IX being passed in 1972 to now, women have achieved amazing things in sports.
Granted, there’s still some stigma about girls and women in sports, but with each accomplishment, a woman makes the less stigma there is. It’s amazing that more young girls want to take part in sports such as soccer, and less of the typical “girl sports.”
Not that there’s anything wrong with cheerleading, or anything. It just shows that society is shifting its views when it comes to females taking part in what used to be male-only sports.
Reading this book about, and written by one of the many women who were the pioneers of showing society that women could take part in athletics, and everything would be okay. Was, in my opinion, what made this book stand out the most to me.
Reading her story of becoming an accidental athlete has easily made this one of my favorite books that I’ve read in the last few months, and I highly recommend it to everyone from every age, whether you’re into athletics or not, and whether you’re male or female.
It’s a great book that you can download for Kindle on Amazon.
Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.