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Women in Sports

Sep 12, 2012

Sue Macy was always big into sports. As a kid in Clifton, New Jersey, she played baseball with her dad and brother and watched a lot of sports on TV. But when it came to playing on a Little League team, Sue was forced to watch her brother from the sidelines. In those days, girls were not allowed to play with boys.

But the sports bug never left her. While at college, Macy studied women’s history and wrote her first paper about early female tennis champions. “I’ve been writing about women and sports ever since,” she says.

Today, Sue is the author of nonfiction books for children and young adults, writing about inspirational female athletes—like the All-American Girl Professional Baseball League, which started in 1943 when Chicago Cubs owner Philip K. Wrigley worried that major league baseball might be canceled during World War II.

Sue says she likes to satisfy her own curiosity about the world and women’s part in it, and doesn’t shy away from subject matters that might seem outside the norm. “I think these achievements that women did—whether they were leading an army or [doing] roller derby—are important because they are part of who we are.”

Watch Sue talk about her work here! And to see other Storytellers in our video series, click here.