Third "Nine For IX" Film "Let Them Wear Towels" Debuts Tonight
ESPN tonight at 8:00pm ET will debut "Let Them Wear Towels," the latest documentary in its "Nine for IX" series celebrating the 40th anniversary of Title IX. The film focuses on the early '70s and a "small, bold group of women who broke into the all-male club of sports writers – and then into ballparks and locker rooms" (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL, 7/16).
SPORTS ON EARTH's Chuck Culpepper writes filmmakers Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg's "valuable 50-minute work for ESPN Films turns out to be one of those esoteric topics that conjures a broader truth." Blogger Ed Sherman writes of the film, "I will be showing it in my journalism classes for many years to come." The AKRON BEACON JOURNAL's Marla Ridenour writes the story of women's access to locker rooms "was a national issue, as ESPN's documentary so vividly illustrates."