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The Center for the Study of Women and Society and Women Writing Women's Lives present the Dorothy O. Helly Works-in-Progress Lecture "UNMATCHED: The Spectacular Life and Career of Little Mo Connolly, American Tennis Legend" by Sally Cook.

"Little Mo paved the way for all of us who came after her” - Billie Jean King

Sally Cook will present her work on her biography of teenage tennis sensation Maureen (Little Mo) Connolly, who achieved what no other female tennis player had by winning a calendar Grand Slam in 1953. Connolly won 50 consecutive singles matches and was the top-ranked U.S. player from 1951 through 1953, before a tragic horseback riding accident in 1954 ended the 20-year-old’s career.

Sally Cook is the author and co-author of eight books for adults and children. A former writer for the Associated Press, she has also written for The New York Times and several national magazines. Her first book was a New York Times bestseller and two of her other books have received multiple awards. Sally is on the board of the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival and is the program and publications manager for the National Adrenal Disease Foundation (NADF.) A graduate of Skidmore College, Sally lives in New York City.

This event is organized and hosted by Center for the Study of Women and Society and is co-sponsored by The Center for the Humanities, The Feminist Press, The Leon Levy Center for Biography, the Graduate Center MA Programs in Biography and Memoir and Liberal Studies, and the PhD Programs in History and English