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Sports and Women: Telling the Stories of the Quest for Equality

National Archives Museum

Thursday, September 22, 2022 - 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT

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Sports give us a window into our societal struggles toward equality. These storytellers share personal experiences as pioneering writers and filmmakers in breaking barriers for women in sports. Melissa Ludtke, former Sports Illustrated baseball reporter and the woman who took Major League Baseball to court to secure equal access for women writers to interview ballplayers in the locker room, moderates a conversation with Claire Smith, director of Claire Smith Center for Sports Media and the first/only woman inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame; Iliana Limon Romero, the Los Angeles Times assistant managing editor for sports, chair of the Association for Women in Sports Media, and co-chair of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Sports Task Force; and Carrie Stett, writer and director of the TBS feature film Title IX: 37 Words that Changed America and First Down, an award-winning documentary about the underdog team in America’s first all-female youth tackle football league. Panelists will speak to the challenging issues still in play as women compete at the highest levels of athletic performance with increasing visibility and financial backing—though wide gender gaps remain.

All American: The Power of Sports is made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation through the generous support of AT&T, AARP, and Mars, Incorporated. Additional support provided by HISTORY® and the Lawrence F. O’Brien Family. Opening Month support provided by Anheuser-Busch.


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