Nine for IX (2013– )
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Let Them Wear Towels 

During the 1977 World Series, Sports Illustrated reporter Melissa Ludtke was denied access to the players' locker room. After a very public fight, the door was opened, but the debate about ... See full summary »

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Ricki Stern, Anne Sundberg (as Annie Sundberg)
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During the 1977 World Series, Sports Illustrated reporter Melissa Ludtke was denied access to the players' locker room. After a very public fight, the door was opened, but the debate about female journalists in the male sanctum of the clubhouse remained. Through interviews with pioneering female sports writers, Let Them Wear Towels captures the raw behavior, humorous retaliation, angry lawsuits and remarkable resolve that went into the struggle for equal access for women reporters. Written by ESPN Films

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16 July 2013 (USA) See more »

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Not That Long Ago...
21 July 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Nine for IX: Let Them Wear Towels (2013)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Christine Brennan, Lesley Visser, Michele Himmelberg, Jane Gross and Robin Herman are among the female reporters who discuss their early careers when women weren't allowed into locker rooms and if they were it was usually followed by various forms of harassment and abuse. This third entry in ESPN's "Nine for IX" series is certainly the best one so far mainly because many of the main folks involved with the subject are on hand to discuss their feelings about the matters and what made them want to move forward and try to change the way female reporters were treated. Watching a story like this today almost makes the subject seem like science-fiction because it's so hard to believe that there was a time when this stuff went on and especially when you consider that it wasn't that long ago. I think all of the interviewees do a great job at explaining the rather logical explanation that they needed to be in the locker room to get their stories and to make a deadline. Not being allowed in a locker room effected their work. The documentary does a very good job at showing how things slowly started to change over the years and those who were around in these times will at least get a very good look at what it was like. I do wish that some of the guilty parties had been interviewed about what they were thinking or how they feel about it now but this is still an impressive film worth watching.


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