‘Let Them Wear Towels’ Examines Gender Equity In Sports Reporting
Four decades ago, there was a protracted battle over whether female sports journalists should have access to athletes in the locker rooms like their male colleagues.
Eventually, after court rulings and a few open-minded team managers, they gained access. Many have faced vitriolic comments in the process about their gender and some vitriolic comments remain today about female sports journalists.
A new documentary by ESPN, “Let Them Wear Towels,” details the struggle for equality among female sports journalists. The documentary airs Tuesday night as part of the “Nine for Nine” documentary series, examining women in sports as part of the 40th anniversary of Title Nine, the law requiring women get equal opportunity in sports.
Melissa Ludtke, a former reporter for Sports Illustrated covering baseball who sued for equal access to players in the locker rooms in 1977.
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