Women in American Soccer and European Football

Dickinson-Moses Press is pleased and honored to announce that Dr. Andrei Markovits’ updated reissue of his 2019 volume, Women in American Soccer and European Football: Different Roads to Shared Glory, is now available for purchase. If one is looking for historical context, there can be no better, more relevant read ahead of this summer’s 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia & New Zealand. The women’s game stands at the frontier of global Association football. While soccer celebrates many firsts as the world’s most beloved sport, nothing in its current development rivals the social importance and cultural significance of the women’s game. Apart from the many million girls who became players and fans — often both — in the past three decades, the game’s association with half of the world’s population, which it excluded for one century, signifies a change in power relations and a shift in values, norms and attitudes that can safely be characterized as revolutionary. Dr. Andrei Markovits, the Karl W. Deutsch Collegiate Professor of Comparative Politics and German Studies at The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, has been researching and writing on the women’s game since his academic involvement with soccer began, in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Generation Zero

Now available for purchase, Generation Zero chronicles and contextualizes the 20-year evolution of a first-world soccer nation. During much of the 1970s, the ascent of American soccer appeared inevitable. As recently as Nov. 18, 1989, however, it seemed impossible… Veteran journalist Hal Phillips has produced a riveting, exhaustively reported, engagingly personal narrative — the modern Creation epic that American soccer fans don’t know they have. The July 2022 release of GZ couldn’t be more timely: With World Cup 2022 set to kick off Nov. 21, with Major League Soccer newly partnered up with Apple TV and preparing to welcome franchises nos. 29 and 30, with the 2026 men’s World Cup to be contested in the United States, Mexico and Canada, American soccer is poised to assume an even bigger place in the sporting and cultural mainstream. For a century, this was considered a curiously soccer-indifferent nation. GZ answer the musical question, “How did we get here?”

We Demand

Swedish immigrants Ingeborg Kindstedt and Maria Kindberg visit San Francisco in the summer of 1915, planning to buy a car and explore the country on their way back to their home in Rhode Island. On impulse, they offer to bring along suffragists heading to Washington DC to demand voting rights for women from Congress and the President. Soon they are plunged into a difficult and dangerous journey that pushes them to the very limits of their endurance. As they travel they encounter unexpected allies, and those opposed to women’s growing independence. Bad roads and harsh weather hinder their progress. Will they overcome these obstacles and arrive in DC at the appointed day and time?

With We Demand, Anne Gass brings the issue of voting rights to life. As we Americans continue to learn, the franchise is something about which American must always remain vigilant. Reader of this historical novel will also enjoy Voting Down the Rose, Gass’ lively historical account of Maine native Florence Brooks Whitehouse’s efforts to win women voting rights in the decisive final years of the campaign, 1914-1920. Considered radical for picketing the White House, Florence helped win women suffrage against a backdrop of conservative views of women’s roles, political intrigues, WWI, and the 1918 influenza epidemic.