Thursday, November 17th at 7:00 p.m.
Director Molly Schiot founded the popular Instagram Account @theunsungheroines when her research for a film(yet-to-be-produced) uncovered a treasure trove of astounding, mostly forgotten women in sports: women like boxer Christy Martin who not only made the cover of Sports Illustrated but survived being shot by her abusive husband and basketball pro Sheryl Swoopes, the inspiration for NIKE AIR Swoopes. Find out about the greatest athletes you’ve never heard of as the author shares her beautifully illustrated Game Changers: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History in this talk, q&a and signing.
In Game Changers: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History Molly Schiot celebrates the stories of those forgotten female athletes and shares rarely-before-seen photos. Simone Biles. Serena Williams. Katie Ledecky. Today, we know these women, their names, and their accomplishments. But what about the women who came before them, the trailblazers who made it possible for these champions to get out on the field and play? Molly Schiot started documenting these lost stories after she pitched an idea for a short film to a major sports network about a group of African-American women who fought for their right to play golf in the 1930s. The film didn’t get made, but Schiot soon found dozens more undiscovered female athletes from the pre-Title IX era. She created the Instagram account @theunsungheroines and shared a photo each day of female athletes who made significant strides (literally and figuratively) in some of the most popular games in the world. The book features new and powerful conversations about women and sports between some of today’s heroines—including former US Women’s National Soccer Team captain Abby Wambach and professional skateboarder Lacey Baker—and the pioneers who motivated them to push forward. This empowering book is the perfect keepsake for mothers, daughters, fans, feminists, and the champions of tomorrow.
Molly Schiot is a director, artist, filmmaker, and the founder of the Instagram account, “The Unsung Heroines.” Her creative endeavors have led to sold-out exhibitions of her paintings and drawings, music videos for the likes of Jennifer Hudson, Mark Ronson and The Raveonettes, and commercials for Miu-Miu, Levi’s, and Converse. She is the creator of the “Check You Out” series for Paper Magazine and recently directed an ESPN “30 for 30” short, “Our Tough Guy,” about the life of one of the NHL’s most fearsome players, John Wensink.