Book Review Blog, Episode Seven – Let Me Play : The Story of Title IX, the Law that Changed the Future of Girls in America.
Book Summary: The book details the time before, during, and after Title IX legislation went into effect. Before Title IX, there was no real future for female athletes, even decorated Olympians. Opportunities for education, post-graduate education, and jobs in science, math, and technology fields were just as scarce all based on gender. Title IX is passed after lots of debate and lobbying, and the landscape of athletics for females in public schools and colleges begin to sprout and grow. The law has been challenged several times, and is still controversial, but it’s a law that opened the door for so many intelligent, talented, athletic, and gifted women.
APA Reference: Blumenthal, K. (2005). Let me play : The story of Title IX, the law that changed the future of girls in America. New York, NY: Atheneum Books for Young Readers.
Impressions: This book made me angry. I felt like I was seething the whole time I read it. It is not the book itself, but the fact that people were treated so differently just because of their gender. I was born in 1987, so Title IX had been in effect for 15 years, so the idea that a female was not allowed to attend a college or university, be hired as a lawyer or doctor, or play the same sports men did was just a foreign concept to me. It enraged me to read about these injustices and how they continue to persist in one way or another. Like the author said, Title IX is a law, and laws can be repealed, so women could lose all of these rights that should be guaranteed to EVERYONE! The book is well-written and researched, there are lots of photos that show women fighting for their equal rights, as well as the key players in implementing and advocating for Title IX. The main text is broken up by profiles of prominent figures throughout the history of the law, outstanding athletes and scholars, and statistics showing the increase of female participation in high school and collegiate athletics. I did feel like the author was a little condescending toward the reader at times by spelling out simple concepts, but that could be me misperceiving it. Overall, this is a great book that opened my eyes even further to one of the many blights that almost every non-white straight male in America faces.
Professional Review: (2005, September 12). [Review of the book Let me play : The story of Title IX, the law that changed the future of girls in America, by K. Blumenthal]. Publisher’s Weekly. Retrieved from https://subs.publishersweekly.com/
Three books demonstrate a host of individuals who offer inspiration. Let Me Play: The Story of Title IX, the Law that Changed the Future of Girls in America by Karen Blumenthal, author of Six Days in October, explains how pivotal the year 1972 was for women, with both the passage of the ERA and Title IX. As Blumenthal points out, Title IX was not just about sports. She describes the law’s impact on everything from basketball to science and math classes. Profiles of individuals give the dramatic changes a human face, from Myra Bradwell, the first female lawyer in America, to Ruth Ginsburg’s valiant struggle to get into a law firm, let alone make it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. A Title IX timeline and a “Then and Now” contrast demonstrates how far females have come in American society.
Library Uses: This book could be used as a showcase in March for Women’s History Month. It can also be used to start discussions about Civil and Equal Rights, females in sports, and females in education.