Let Me Play
Atheneum 2005
books for young people
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Can girls play softball? Can girls be school crossing guards? Can girls play basketball or ice hockey or soccer? Can girls become lawyers or doctors or engineers?

Of course they can … today. But just a few decades ago, opportunities for girls were far more limited, not because they weren't capable of playing or didn't want to become doctors or lawyers, but because they weren't allowed to. Then quietly, in 1972, something momentous happened: Congress passed a law called “Title IX,” forever changing the lives of American girls.

Hundreds of determined lawmakers, teachers, parents, and athletes carefully plotted to ensure that the law was passed, protected, and enforced. Time and time again, they were pushed back by fierce opposition. But as a result of their perseverance, millions of American girls can now play sports. Young women make up half of the nation's medical and law students, and star on the best basketball, soccer, and softball teams in the world. This small law made a huge difference.

awards and honors
ALA Amelia Bloomer Project
ALA Best Books for Young Adults
ALA Notable Children's Books
Bank Street Best Books of the Year
CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book
CCBC Choices (Cooperative Children's Book Center)
IRA Children's Book Award Notable
Jane Addams Children's Book Award
Junior Library Guild selection
School Library Journal Best Book of the Year

“Few books cover the last few decades of American women's history with such clarity and detail, and this comprehensive title draws attention to the hard-won battles, the struggles that remain, and the chilling possibility that rights, if not fiercely protected, can easily be lost.” —Booklist

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