Let Them Wear Towels: Directors' Moment

Let Them Wear Towels

About the film

"Let Them Wear Towels," directed by Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern, is a history and examination of female reporters working in the man's world of the locker room. Through interviews with such pioneer women as Melissa Ludtke, Claire Smith, Lesley Visser and Christine Brennan, there are stories of raw behavior and humorous retaliation, angry lawsuits and remarkable resolve.

Click here to learn more about the film and its directors, Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern.


What it was all about

Throughout the film "Let Them Wear Towels," female reporters share stories of wanting equal access in locker rooms so they would have the ability to report stories as well as their male counterparts did.

"This was really about doing a job, and it wasn't about sex, and it wasn't about nudity," Melissa Ludtke said. "That was the circus that they wanted to play so we didn't have to get down to what were the critical issues that had to do with women's equal rights."

Sundberg believes the push-back female reporters received in the '70s and '80s isn't as prominent now.

"I feel like it's a generational thing, and it's passing with each subsequent generation," she said. "Women and men playing sports side by side, women and men cheering for the same team sport -- they're sports fans, they're sports players. I really hope that we don't have any more of these stories moving forward."

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"Let Them Wear Towels" directors Annie Sundberg and Ricki Stern on their film's present message:

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