Author Molly Schiot will be carrying out an ‘Instagram Takeover’ for the LA84 Foundation this week. Schiot will be posting photographs and anecdotes daily from the LA84 Sport History Library archives and collections for the final stretch of Women’s History Month in March. “I’m excited to be back at the LA84 Foundation Library, where I did 99.9 percent of my research for my book,” Schiot said. “I’m grateful to LA84 for providing me such an extensive resource for women’s history.”
Schiot’s Instagram account, @theunsungheroines, shares stories of pioneering women athletes, especially those fighting for inclusion before Title IX’s passing in 1972. These women, the ‘Unsung Heroines,’ relate to LA84’s mission to level the playing field and increase the number of girls taking part in youth sports. To stay up to date on the women’s sports movement in Los Angeles and women’s achievement in Olympic history, follow LA84 on Instagram.
“We at LA84 are big fans of the Unsung Heroines Instagram and its empowering message. Molly Schiot has used the LA84 Library many times, so we are eager to see what content she will post this week,” said Wayne Wilson, LA84 Vice President, Education Services.
Schiot will join LA84 Foundation President & CEO Renata Simril, pioneering former NBA referee Violet Palmer and Skateboarding Hall of Fame inductee Laura Thornhill Caswell for a Question-and-Answer session at the LA84 Foundation next week moderated by Elika Sadeghi. Organized by WISE (Women in Sports and Events) Los Angeles, Schiot will discuss her journey to discover the sporting figures that paved the path for many modern female athletes to become international superstars, and how that turned into her book, Game Changers: The Unsung Heroines,
The Unsung Heroines Instagram account served as an impetus for Schiot to turn her passion into a photo-driven stories collection after her work in the entertainment industry often found stories of female athletes underrepresented and dismissed. With much of the research aided by the archives and resources of the LA84 Library, Schiot turned these tales into a full, picture-focused book. For Schiot, the book pays it forward to the generations of female athletes before her. “This book is dedicated to all women who were forever told no,” says an inscription within.