Just one year after the release of her New York Times best seller, Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World, author and illustrator Rachel Ignotofsky has cast the spotlight of her beautiful brand of inspirational storytelling onto fifty pioneering female athletes in Women in Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win. We cannot wait to add this book to our wysky library.
Richly illustrated and written for readers ages 8-12 (grades 3-7), Rachel’s Women In Sports “highlights the achievements and stories of fifty notable women athletes from the 1800s to today, including trailblazers, Olympians, and record-breakers in more than forty sports. The athletes featured include well-known figures like tennis player Billie Jean King and gymnast Simone Biles, as well as lesser-known champions like Toni Stone, the first woman to play baseball in a professional men’s league, and skateboarding pioneer Patti McGee.”
In addition to profiles of 50 women in sports you should know, Rachel filled the book with infographics on topics such as muscle anatomy, a timeline of women’s participation in sports, pay and media statistics for female athletes, and influential women’s teams.
Did you know? Rachel created all the unique drawings in the award-winning documentary “Big Sonia”, which just raised nearly $80,000 on our crowdfunding platform, Women You Should Fund.
What You Should Know About Rachel
Rachel Ignotofsky is a New York Times Best Selling author and illustrator, based in beautiful Kansas City, MO. She grew up in New Jersey on a healthy diet of cartoons and pudding. She graduated from Tyler School of Art’s Graphic Design in 2011.
Now Rachel works for herself and spends all day and night drawing, writing and learning as much as she can.
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 scientific literacy and feminism.
Photo by Thomas Mason IV