A new oral history project by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum highlights the early struggles for girls and women who wanted to play basketball.  Ellen Bartges conducted several interviews as part of her master’s degree project, talking to former players, and coaches and other pioneers in women’s sports.

She says it’s important to document how times have changed.

Bartges comments

Other interviews detail efforts to start girls high school basketball teams in Illinois with little support from school administrators and stories of girls teams only being allowed access to the gym to practice once a week.  To hear more of this oral history project, click on the link below:


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