Happy September! I always feel fresh and new, optimistic about the future at the beginning of the school year.
Law School or Grad Students: Here’s something for you. If you are interested in labor law or studies, check out the Players’ Trust 2019 Michael Weiner Scholarship for Labor Studies. Up to 5 awards of $10,000 each!! Deadline is November 12, 2018. You can find more info at Playerstrust.org.
We are coming up on the 40th anniversary of the landmark victory of Ludkte v. Kuhn, as commissioner of MLB. Melissa Ludtke, at the time a 20-something sports reporter for Sports Illustrated, was barred from entering the Yankees clubhouse while on assignment during the world series. MLB policies banned women from locker rooms at the time.
Ludtke’s suit was about equal access. And the judge saw it that way. She moved on from sports a few years later and focused on societal issues of women and children.
She is an author, filmmaker and award-winning journalist. She’s reported for Sports Illustrated, CBS News, and Time Magazine. Melissa won the Front Page Award from the Newswomen’s Club of New York, the Mary Garber Pioneer Award from the Association of Women in Sports Media, and the Yankee Quill Award for Lifetime Achievement, citing her distinguished history of fighting for equal opportunities for women sportswriters.
Additional Show Notes:
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Extra Credit Reading/Watching:
- The fight for women sports reporters’ access to locker rooms is history — or is it?” (espnW)
- “40 years on: Ludtke v Kuhn helped change the face of sports coverage forever” (GlobalSport Matters)
- We Just Wanna Be A Part Of It’: The Women Who Fought To Cover MLB” (WBUR – Only a Game Podcast)
- “In Search of Missing Girlhoods: A Wellesley Mother and Daughter Discuss Their Journey on WBUR” (Wellesley College)
- “Discovering Pieces of Who She Is — In a Place She Has No Memory of Being” (Huffington Post)