Wednesday, July 6, 7:30 PM
Women in Sports: Pushing the Limits, Finding the Audience
Dvora Meyers, author of The End of the Perfect 10: The Making and Breaking of Gymnastics’ Top Score — from Nadia to Now
Erica Westly, author of Fastpitch: The Untold History of Softball and the Women Who Made the Game
As the summer sports season and the leadup to the 2016 Olympics begin, Greenlight hosts two authors presenting new books about two games generally considered “women’s sports”: gymnastics and softball. Greenlight neighbor Dvora Meyers’ The End of the Perfect 10 traces the evolution of the gymnastics scoring system, and the corresponding change in participating athletes, from 14-year-old 1970s Romanian superstar Nadia Comaneci and the many young teenage gymnasts who followed her to today’s trend toward older competitors and varying styles, with many superstars coming from the US. Erica Westly’s Fastpitch starts with the conversion of softball, originally designed by and for men, to one of the few team sports that allowed women to play for a paycheck in the 1930s, and highlights some of the sports’ great characters and star players, while examining the ongoing challenges to securing the financial backing, mainstream media coverage, and competitive pay necessary for fastpitch — and all women’s sports — to grow and thrive. Join us for an energetic reading and discussion for sports fans and women’s history buffs alike.