June 17, 2012

Women persevered, even when doors were closed

By Steve Solloway ssolloway@pressherald.com

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Sharon Reishus, former chair of the Maine Public Utilities Commission, recalls not being able to use the weight room even though she threw discus for girls’ track.

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"I was into team sports big time. I found my scrapbook the other day. I was looking at my letter. It was the same big, white "W" the boys got. I only wish I could have played football. I showed my sons when they were young how to throw."

She laughs. She plans to attend Deb Smith's Not Too Late summer basketball camp at Southern Maine Community College for women over 50. "I want to stay active. I want to see how well I can play again."

Dill knows the feeling. She is coordinator of the Maine Senior Games, through the Southern Maine Agency on Aging. Three years ago, seven of every 10 competitors were men. Last year, she saw more women. The lingering effects of Title IX are behind the increase, she believes.

Last Saturday morning, nearly a dozen women showed up at Ann Dunn's basketball court in a quiet neighborhood in Scarborough. It wasn't a social outing. They had come to practice, 3-on-3. They took few breaks, mopping their sweaty faces with towels.

All were over 50, some nearing 60. They haven't forgotten what it was like when Title IX opened up their world.

They don't want you to forget, either.

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