The trade paperback edition of State: A Team, a Triumph, a Transformation is now available for purchase online or at your favorite local bookstore!
In this compelling first-person account, sports journalist Melissa Isaacson details her high school basketball team’s journey to the Illinois state championship—just years following the introduction of Title IX. Passed in 1972, Title IX prohibited gender discrimination in education programs and activities, which led states across the country to begin implementing varsity competition and tournaments for girl’s sports.
Basketball offered Isaacson and her peers more than just the opportunity to compete, however—it offered them the opportunity to embrace new identities, escape their personal and collective frustrations, and learn what it means to be a part of a team.
Tennis champion Billie Jean King perhaps describes it best: “In State, Melissa Isaacson perfectly captures the birth of Title IX and a time when high school girls were starting to gain equality in sports and in the classroom, showing us how opportunities on the court can light a path for girls to become their authentic selves in all aspects of their lives.”