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Phyllis George

Shattering the Ceiling

In 2019, the NFL issued a list of football's one hundred greatest game-changers, and among the legendary athletes and coaches was one broadcaster: Phyllis George. The first female anchor of a major network sports show, George broke the glass ceiling in sports journalism and embodied the complexities of the women's movement of the 1970s. 
 
As a young woman, George first hit the media radar in 1971 when she won the crown of Miss America and toured the world. While many in the budding feminist movement looked down on the pageant queen, George parlayed her success into a television career and excelled in sports journalism. While she was not immune to criticism, George was never deterred by the complainants and constantly showed her inner strength and perseverance. Through the decades she cultivated a reputation as one of the most respected and strong-willed players in the rough and tumble businesses of sports and network news, breaking through the glass ceiling in one of the most male-driven industries in the world. She was a pioneer who helped pave the way for a new generation of female broadcasters. A published author in her own right and champion of the arts, George remained a stalwart advocate for female empowerment until her death in 2020.
 
In Phyllis George: Shattering the Ceiling authors Lenny Shulman and Paul Volponi trace George's evolution from Miss America to professional broadcaster, to arts advocate, author, philanthropist, and also as First Lady of Kentucky who was instrumental in getting her husband, John Y. Brown Jr., elected Governor of that state. George's life was defined by her professionalism, her strength of character, and her uncanny ability to leave an indelible impression on all she met.

About the Authors

Paul Volponi is an author, journalist, and educator. He is the author of numerous books, most recently Streetball Is Life: Lessons Earned on the Asphalt. Lenny Shulman is an Emmy Award-winning television and film writer. He is the author of Justify: 111 Days to Triple Crown GloryRide of Their Lives: The Triumphs and Turmoil of Today's Top Jockeys, and Head to Head: Conversations with a Generation of Horse Racing Legends.

Reviews

"Meet the 'real' Phyllis George, the woman behind the dimpled beauty that captivated her Miss America domain. She could be tough as an NFL linebacker who added new meaning to 'superwoman' and crafted a television career while nurturing a family and becoming an entrepreneur. This book should become mandatory reading for young women who think they face a glass ceiling. It's already been shattered by Phyllis George. Give her a nod as you walk through."—Bill Kurtis, PBS

"When Phyllis George, a Miss America from Denton, Texas, took her seat in the broadcast booth of "The NFL Today," in 1975, she became the first female to regularly appear on a national sports telecast. Beautiful and charming, yes, but her success in this all-male field broke the glass ceiling for so many of us sportswriters and sportscasters today. This book captures the essence of her story and her importance to those who came along after."—Diane K. Shah, the first female sports columnist for a daily newspaper, The Los Angeles Herald Examiner

"My daughters have never known a world in which female sportscasters weren't just a normal part of sports. It's amazing to me that women like Phyllis, only a generation older than me, changed the world for them through sheer determination and courage. I would love to share her story with them. As a Kentuckian, I often heard her name growing up, but I never really knew much about her. This book was fascinating."—Jennifer Prall, librarian at Tates Creek High School in Lexington, KY

"In Phyllis George: Shattering the Ceiling, Volponi and Shulman present the captivating life of Phyllis George with first-hand accounts and descriptions that deftly capture her determination not only to become Miss America but to make a name for herself in sports broadcasting in the early 1970s, no small endeavor as the women's liberation movement had only just begun. The authors also describe her personal struggles, skillfully portraying her steadfast resilience and grace under pressure. Young adult readers will be inspired by this well-researched and highly engaging biography."—Suzanne Severns, librarian at Martin High School in Arlington, Texas

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