Two Rings: A Legacy of Hope
By Dorothy McIntyre and Marian Bemis Johnson
Two Rings is a fictionalized account of the history of women’s basketball in Minnesota. A young high school girl is given an assignment in her history class to research the legacy left to her by a female relative. The relative had to be one generation older than her parents, a great-aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother.
The journey leads Sarah, the main character, to discover that her mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother were involved in women’s sports. Sarah finds out that women have not always been able to play sports. In fact, there was a time even after women’s athletics had started, that interscholastic competitions were stopped. Sarah had to complete research to find out why.
In addition, Sarah’s research led her to have conversations with women in leadership roles, such as coaching, and business, to discover the political journey of women’s rights in general.
Two Rings interacts with the non-fiction account of women’s basketball, Daughters of the Game, written by McIntyre and Johnson, to give a memorable story about those who have gone before us and worked to give us the privileges we so enjoy.
Both books are enlightening. In Two Rings, the history is put into a story form, recognizing that for centuries story has been a way that cultures have imparted their history to upcoming generations. In contrast, Daughters gave us real pictures of people, stories of real events, and accounts of how Minnesota towns participated in supporting their women athletes in the early days of basket ball. (Yes, it was spelled as two words until the 1920s.) These are books that I will definitely share with my sons and granddaughters.
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