Dutton. Mar. 2021. 288p. ISBN 9781524746100. $27. SPORTS
Women in sports media encounter unique challenges, whether it is facing online harassment from fans or the athletes they cover, or having to fight for equal access and pay. Sports journalist DiCaro writes about the barriers women face and incorporates her own experiences throughout. DiCaro has covered sports for a decade, including in her current role as an editor at Deadspin. She begins by recounting the history of women receiving access to locker rooms and covering athletes. The author intertwines her own experiences working in a male-dominated field and dealing with misogynistic coworkers, with comprehensive research and interviews that shed insight on how other women in sports media, including Mina Kimes, Kristen Ledlow, and Marisa Ingemi, cope with mistreatment and harassment. While readers may know of the difficulties that women face, both online and off, it is incredibly powerful to hear women share their own stories, and these sections will stay with readers long after they finish the book.
VERDICT There’s no other current book that captures the challenges women face in sports media, and DiCaro does this masterfully. Bringing a feminist lens to the world of sports, this book sets itself apart with its reporting and relevancy.
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