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The role of women in sports has changed dramatically in the last forty years. The civil rights movement and Title IX legislation have provided opportunities for women to compete in a wide range of sports, and female athletes are much more visible in the media today. The purpose of this study was to examine recent portrayals of female athletes in young adult sports fiction to determine whether they are represented authentically. This researcher analyzed how female athletes are portrayed in sports fiction, the characteristics of an authentic female athlete, and whether female athletes are stereotyped in this genre of young adult literature. This qualitative content analysis examined twenty young adult novels written for readers in grades fifth through twelfth that feature a female athlete as the protagonist and range in publication from 1990-2010.

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Master of Arts


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

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Jean Donham


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