Strong Like Her
A Celebration of Rule Breakers, History Makers, and Unstoppable Athletes
Beautiful and powerful, Strong Like Her presents the awe-inspiring account of women’s athleticism throughout history.
Journalist Haley Shapley takes us through the delightful untold history of female strength to understand how we can better encourage—and celebrate—the physical power of women.
Part group biography, part cultural history, Strong Like Her delves into the fascinating stories of our muscular foremothers. From the first female Olympian (who entered the chariot race through a loophole) to the circus stars who could lift their husbands above their heads and make it look like “a little light housework with a feather duster,” these brave and brawny women paved the way for the generations to follow.
Filled with Sophy Holland’s beautiful portraits of some of today’s most awe-inspiring athletes, including Peloton instructor Robin Arzón, bodybuilder Dana Linn Bailey, actress/dancer Patina Miller, and many others, Strong Like Her celebrates strength in all its forms. Illuminating the lives and accomplishments of storied female sports stars—whose contributions to society go far beyond their entries in record books—Shapley challenges us to rethink everything we thought we knew about the power of women.
Inspiring & Rebellious
Dismantled my views on bodybuilding/exercising as a woman. Made me aspire to someday lift heavy on a serious note once my knee injury recovers. I have never exercised to empower myself, I didn’t see it as a source of strength. I always viewed it as a means to an end; of being skinny and “appealing” to the male sex. So I purposely didn’t exercise, it was my way to rebel against the status quo and hid behind the body positivity movement. However, it led me to obesity and musculoskeletal problems. I am now excited to begin exercising and eventually start lifting heavy as a new healthy means to challenge the system. Within 10 years I want to be on stage among these athletes, showing off my own “unsightly” muscles. This book definitely got me saying, I want to be strong like her.
-Your Fellow Rebel