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She's a Knockout!: A History of Women in Fighting Sports (Hardback)
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She's a Knockout!: A History of Women in Fighting Sports (Hardback)

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Hardback 222 Pages / Published: 23/10/2014
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This book provides a detailed history of women fighters-including wrestlers, MMA competitors, and boxers-and the different issues revolving around the fighters and their sports. She's a Knockout! tells the stories of these extraordinary women, including boxer Laila Ali, Olympic wrestler Randi Miller, and Mixed Martial Arts phenom Debi Purcell, all of whom found success competing in their historically male sports. Featuring historical and current photographs, promotional posters, and exclusive interviews with professional fighters, this book delivers a detailed look into the struggles and triumphs of female fighters.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781442236431
Number of pages: 222
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 236 x 161 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Some of us can remember when the general public's only awareness of women fighting came through watching grainy images of the flamboyantly villainous Fabulous Moolah flickering across black-and-white TV screens. Today, both men's and women's mixed martial arts are in the mainstream, and women such as media darling Ronda Rousey can earn up to $250,000 per bout. Likewise, women's freestyle wrestling debuted as an Olympic sport in 2004 and was joined by boxing in 2012. Here Jennings, a scholar specializing in feminist issues, popular culture, and American history, and a fighter in her own right, shows that women boxers and grapplers have actually had a long past, as she traces the evolution of the many varieties of women's fighting from the 1700s to the present. Along the way, the author also examines women's cultural roles over the years and their participation in sports of all kinds. VERDICT . . . [I]t undoubtedly adds valuable insights into women's role in sports and society. * Library Journal *
A historical insight to the empowering movement of female fighting-the past, present and future. I love the personal fighter/promotion biographies. A MUST read for the FMMA/Combat sport fan. -- Sam Wilson, MMA Matchmaker
Jennings cuts no corners in creating the most comprehensive collection of information on women's fighting history ever written. Writing from experience, she contributes a special point of view and appreciation for the sport, and lays the groundwork for much more history to come. -- Josh Samman, UFC Middleweight Fighter, The Ultimate Fighter Semi-Finalist
The most complete history of women in the fight game that you will find. Fight writers who have mastered their subject as well as Jennings are rare, those who can communicate their knowledge as lucidly and entertainingly are even rarer. -- Jack Slack, MMA journalist

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