Strong Like Her

Available April 2020
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An adult version of the hugely successful book Strong Is the New Pretty, this is an inspiring tribute to female athletes—those who have paved the way throughout history and those who continue to push the boundaries of what it means to be strong.

From being kept out of the sporting world by most ancient Greeks to being told by The New York Times that the 800-meter race was “too great a call on feminine strength,” women have long had to fight against the perception that to be strong is not feminine.

Yet today, as women reclaim space in business and politics, we are also seeing an explosion in the number of women participating in strength sports like powerlifting, CrossFit, and even American Ninja Warrior. Those who got us here and defied convention to bring equality to the world of physical strength finally get their due in Strong Like Her—from the first female Olympian (who entered the chariot race through a loophole) to the “Queen of Muscle Beach” Pudgy Stockton, who dazzled crowds by holding her husband over her head.

Accompanied by stunning celebrity photographs of some of today’s most exciting athletes, Strong Like Her is a group biography and cultural history, paying tribute to women pioneers in athletics and celebrating the beauty of female strength and power.


We've Got the Power
Shape, September 2020

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Bainbridge Island Review, August 29, 2020

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Staunton News Leader, August 27, 2020

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KING 5's Evening, August 11, 2020

A Deadly Disaster, a Daring Australian — and Modern Women's Swimwear
Only a Game (NPR/WBUR),
August 1, 2020

Women to Watch 2020
425 Magazine, August 2020

Book on Feminine Strength Redefines What It Means to Be Strong, June 24, 2020

Jamie's Bookshelf: A Rundown of Recently Published Sports Books for Your Summer Reading List

Northern Kentucky Tribune, June 12, 2020

Review of Strong Like Her

Sport in American History, May 30, 2020

5 New Books to Read in Lockdown This Week

Irish Examiner, May 13, 2020


Sophisticated Living, May/June 2020

Interview with Jessica Luther
Burn It All Down, April 28, 2020

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Interview with Zerlina Maxwell and
Jess McIntosh

Signal Boost, April 24, 2020
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Interview with Cara Poalillo

The Ninjababes Podcast, April 24, 2020

If We Think Women Are Physically Weak, Haley Shapley Breaks the 'Rules'

SheThePeople, April 22, 2020

Author Spotlight: Haley Shapley

Writer's Digest, April 21, 2020

5x5: Debut Authors Whose Novels Were Disrupted by COVID-19

Bookstr, April 21, 2020

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New Orleans Review, April 16, 2020

Interview with Yasmine Haro

The Mistress of the House of Books,
April 14, 2020

"Strong Like Her" Celebrates Barrier-Breaking Women Athletes

Ms., April 11, 2020

Things Cheering Us Up at Home

Seattleite, April 11, 2020

Interview with Rex Andrews

The Pathway Podcast, April 10, 2020

Interview with Adriana Trigiani

A Mighty Blaze, April 9, 2020

Interview with Mike Matthews: Legendary Female Athletes

Muscle for Life podcast, April 8, 2020

This New Book Celebrates the Strength of Female Athletes, Including Dancers

Dance Magazine, April 7, 2020

Telling the Stories of Women of Strength

The Kitsap Sun, April 7, 2020

Force of Nature

Seattle magazine, April 2020

Here’s a List of 20 New Books You Must Read While Self-Isolating
The Tempest, March 26, 2020

Strong Like Her Excerpt

Ms., February 5, 2020

Jonathan Albon Interview: What It's Like to Take Part in the Spartan Ultra World Championship

The Times (UK), January 5, 2019

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© 2020 by Haley Shapley

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