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Year 10 - English Text - Comparison - Malala & Ride Like a Girl: Ride Like Girl
In Life As I Know It, Michelle Payne tells her deeply moving story. It will lift your spirits, stir your heart and give you courage. Michelle was six months old, the youngest of eleven children, when the family was hit with the tragic death of their mother, Mary. Their father, Paddy, a renowned horseman, raised his children alone. As a family, they all took on the daily demands of racehorses and a dairy farm as well as school and work. Family meant everything. Michelle was put on a horse aged four. At five years old her dream was to win the Melbourne Cup. At thirty she rode into history as the first female jockey to win the Cup. Her strapper was her brother, Stevie. When she declared that anyone who said women couldn't compete with men in the racing industry could 'get stuffed', the nation stood up and cheered. It was a moment that inspired everyone who dreams of beating the odds.
Article discussing the barriers to women wishing to become jockeys as well as referencing the research findings to support more female jockeys.
Ride Like a Girl (2019)
Director: Stephen Daldry
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Teresa Palmer stars in Ride Like a Girl, based on the inspirational true story of Michelle Payne. As a little girl Michelle dreamed of the impossible: winning the Melbourne Cup. However, a near-fatal fall, threatens to end her hopes of competing in the race. With the love and support from her father (Sam Neill) and brother Stevie, she overcomes all odds to become the first female to win the Melbourne cup.