Although it has only been thirty years since the first female
jockey rode onto the then male-only turf of thoroughbred horse
racing, they have since made their mark on the racetrack and in the
winner's circle. Great Women in the Sport of Kings, the first book
to consider the phenomenon of female jockeys, takes an in-depth
look at their lives.
Through the oral histories of ten top female jockeys, the
authors offer intimate portraits of how they overcame personal and
professional obstacles to rise to the top of thoroughbred horse
racing. In her Introduction, women's sports historian Mary Jo
Festle explores the larger issues of women in sport, sexism in
horse racing, the struggles female jockeys face, and the
significance of their success.
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