Dare to Make History is the story of two courageous and talented women who weren’t willing to accept anything less than being treated as equals. On their journey to a gold medal in women’s ice hockey, they became role models for generations before and after them.
Twins Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando started playing ice hockey with their four older brothers and their friends on a frozen pond next to their home in North Dakota. No girls hockey teams, no problem―they just played on boys teams.
They went on to win six World Championships and played in three Olympics, winning two silver medals and ultimately a gold medal in South Korea in 2018 for the USA Women’s National Team.
They did not allow roadblocks and discrimination deter them from taking on their governing body―USA Hockey―threatening to boycott the 2017 World Championships and jeopardizing their ability to compete in the 2018 Olympics unless their gender equity issues were addressed. The success of Monique, Jocelyne, and their team thrust them into the center of the struggle for gender equity, for women in hockey and in sports in general, as well as in society at large.
In Dare to Make History, the Lamoureux twins chronicle their journey to the pinnacle of their sport, their efforts along with almost 150 other hockey players to start a new professional women’s hockey league, their training to come back and make another national team after giving birth, their tireless efforts to advance the interests of disadvantaged communities in closing the digital divide, and their ongoing contributions as role models championing the dreams of future generations of girls in sports, education, and the workplace.
This is not a hockey book. It is not a girls book. It is a book about the importance of the fight for equity, particularly gender equity. It is the inspirational story of how two young women from a small town in North Dakota have dreamed big―had the courage to take on huge battles―and in the end how they have dared to make history.
Being first time authors, Radius Book Group was amazing to work with. We did not know what to expect with the deadline and editing process, but it was all communicated clearly and we were able to hit deadlines efficiently. Mark Fretz, editorial director, always supported our vision from the beginning.
We were given substantial input on book design, and the collaborative approach to design was important since we did not necessarily have a clear opinion, having never published a book before. The Radius team added tremendous value to editing, layout, book cover, page design, and the photo section. Without their expertise, the final product would not be what it is.