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In 1974, official Little League rules held back most girls, like 9-year-old Kim Green (pictured), from playing baseball. Her mother, Sylvia, spent a month fighting for Kim’s right to take the field with the boys, and her efforts paid off. The rules changed. But when Sylvia went to sign Kim up for a team, tryouts had already taken place. Instead of giving up, the Greens started the “Angels,” an all-girls team that finished second overall in their league.
Kim’s is one of the stories Los Angeles-based director Molly Schiot (@theunsungheroines) started to share after frequenting the LA84 Foundation, which houses the largest sports research library in North America. “It was like an explosion went off in my brain,” says Molly, after uncovering vintage photos of female athletes and educators who changed history. Her project — an outgrowth of rejected pitches for TV — evolved into “Gamechangers: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History,” a book coming out later this year. “What I’m continuing to learn is that I have an interest in telling stories that are women’s stories,” Molly says. “In certain cases, I make a conscious effort to say, ‘This woman wasn’t a heroine. But she was an important part of history.’”