“Strong Like Her” Celebrates Barrier-Breaking Women Athletes

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Part group biography and part cultural history anthology, Strong Like Her: A Celebration of Rule Breakers, History Makers, and Unstoppable Athletes, a new book by journalist Haley Shapley, celebrates untold stories of women who have broken barriers, challenged stereotypes and shattered athletic glass ceilings. An expert in this topic, Shapley has herself cycled 206 miles from Seattle to Portland, summited the highest glaciated peak in the continental U.S., competed in a bodybuilding show and run a marathon—and now she’s written a book that will leave readers feeling inspired and powerful. She spoke to Ms. about her new book, the women athletes that have inspired her and the power of a woman embracing her own strength.

Author Haley Shapley spoke with Ms. about her new book. (Photo by Sophy Holland)

Where did the idea for Strong Like Her come from?  

Haley Shapley: I…

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