Sport: Trouble in The Locker Rooms

More women reporters face hostility that threatens their access

Descending into sweaty locker rooms to question naked or skimpily clad, and frequently hostile, members of an athletic team is one of the least attractive duties of a sports reporter. Yet the right to conduct interviews in the players' sanctum is a cherished one, particularly for the women on the professional sports beat who won equality with their male peers in seeking access to athletes in a 1978 federal court ruling. Since then, women's ranks in sports journalism have swelled to around 500, but complaints about the obscenities and petty hostilities the female journalists regularly encounter in their work have been...

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