Fall meant football at the University of Michigan, but the photo department at The Michigan Daily, where I worked as its first woman photographer, was given only four press passes. As a freshman, I was not entitled to one. Seniority was not the only problem. In 1968, the passes all said, “No women, children or dogs allowed on the field.” This was no joke. There were no women in the marching band; no women cheerleaders; no women security guards. A year later, I earned one of the coveted passes. The rules had loosened a bit. The new passes said, “No women or children allowed on the field.”
Dogs were now allowed.
It’s definitely worth a read. Included is a letter of apology from then SID Will Perry which starts out, “I guess the generation gap and 12 years of sportswriting with only men around have begun to set in…”