Rachel Ignotofsky

Women in Sports: 50 Athletes Who Played to Win

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llustrated profiles of fifty pioneering female athletes, from the author of the New York Times bestseller Women in Science


A charmingly illustrated and inspiring book, Women in Sports highlights the achievements and stories of fifty notable women athletes--from well-known figures like tennis player Billie Jean King and gymnast Simone Biles, to lesser-known athletes like skateboarding pioneer Patti McGee and Toni Stone, the first woman to play baseball in a men’s professional league.

Covering more than forty sports, this fascinating collection also contains infographics about notable women's teams throughout history, pay and media statistics for female athletes, and muscle anatomy. Women in Sports celebrates the success of the tough, bold, and fearless women who paved the way for the next generation of athletes. 

About the Author

Rachel Ignotofsky is an illustrator and author based in beautiful Kansas City, MO. She grew up in New Jersey on a healthy diet of cartoons and pudding. She graduated with honors from Tyler School of Art's graphic design program in 2011.

Now Rachel works for herself and spends all day and night drawing, writing and learning as much as she can. Rachel is a published author with 10 Speed Press and is always thinking up new books and illustrations.

Her work is inspired by history and science. She believes that illustration is a powerful tool that can make learning exciting. She has a passion for taking dense information and making it fun and accessible. Rachel hopes to use her work to spread her message about education, gender equality and scientific literacy.

She is excited to share her first book, "Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World" By showing these scientists' contributions to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Rachel hopes to inspire young women and adults to follow their passions and keep learning.