News About Melissa Ludtke
Ludtke v. Kuhn
Melissa Ludtke's 1977 and 1978 World Series clubhouse passes are displayed in the history section of the Newseum in Washington, D.C. and in the Baseball Hall of Fame Museum in Cooperstown, New York in the Diamond Dreams exhibit devoted to women in baseball. In her blog, Melissa will feature news stories and cartoons about Ludtke v. Kuhn, along with case documents and commentary.
Melissa Ludtke: In the News, Then
As the woman plaintiff in a legal action that received global attention, Melissa became the subject of numerous profiles and commentaries during the late 1970s, including Roger Angell's illuminating The New Yorker story, "Sharing the Beat," about the 1970s pioneering women sportswriters. In her blog, Melissa shares stories, like Roger's, that spotlight her experiences. She also participated in two oral histories, and excerpts from those will be featured, as well.
Melissa Ludtke: In the News, Now
In our current political climate of anti-women rhetoric, the #MeToo movement and regressive policies affecting women's lives, there is a reawakening of activism by women. Similarly, there is renewed interest in revisiting the battles for equal rights that women fought and won in the 1970s. Given the prominence of Melissa's legal struggle with Major League Baseball, she is invited to give speeches, talks with university students, participates in podcasts and on conference panels, and is interviewed often for stories about women's rights today.