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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 19, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 18 LETHBRIDQE HERALD Friday, April 19, 1974 Judges ponder the subject, legislators try to squash it Controversy rages over girls in Little League By JO ANN LEVINE Christian Science Monitor TENAFLY, N.J Denise Broadman cracks a ball into center field. Her long dark hair flies as she runs to first base. Susan Warms (yes, that is Susan behind the catcher's mark) smops a ball out of the dirt and reaches to tag a runner. Coach Paul Abramson, thinks he has the two best girls in the Tenafly Intermediate League (ages 10 to 12) on his team Third baseman Harry Block agrees, "I played ball last year, but this year we have a better team because of the girls There are few boys in New Jersey who will make such an admission probably because to most of them playing ball with girls is theoretical The majority of New Jersey's Little League teams have chosen to suspend play rather than allow girls to try out. In accordance with a ruling by the state's Division on Civil Rights, Tenafly with girls on 18 of its 26 teams has New Jersey's best record for allowing girls to play A panel of three Appellate Division judges and State Superior Court voted a few days ago to uphold the Civil Rights Division order, which maintained that Little League, which uses parks, schools, and sometimes municipal funds, is a public accommodation and cannot discriminate on the basis of sex PUBLIC BINQO 16 GAMES BLACKOUT Until Won) LETHBRIDQE ELKS LODGE ROOM (Upitiln) EVERY Behind the mask Susan Warms is a great catcher APRIL IS CANCER MONTH GIVE Cancer can be beaten with your help OBJECTIVE CANCER BLITZ City of Lethbridge and towns of Foremost and Milk River SUNDAY, APRIL 21st Starting at p.m. Please make your canvassers' call pleasant But girls in Little League is still a matter of controversy. Judges ponder the subject, legislators introduce bills to squash it, and Gov Brendan T. Byrne says he thinks qualified girls should play. Talk in this Little League dugout is animated as a group of boys waits to walk up to home plate with one of the team's colored aluminum bats "Three kids were expelled for a week for shooting paper said Keith Lang. Another noted that Susan is a great catcher "She can throw to second base Someone else pointed out that Denise, who is the team's fastest runner, had just hit another "high fly into centre field." The besieged national headquarters of Little League, Inc in Williamsport, Pa has surprised almost everyone by fighting the State Civil Rights Division's January ruling Meanwhile, Little League, which regulates play by 2 5 million boys in 31 countries, says that any chapter which allows girls to play is in violation of Little League's charter "There are great parallels between this whole system in New Jersey and racial integration in the said Judith Weis, of the New Jersey chapter of the National Organization for Women "You know, the school systems ihat closed down rather than integrate The Essex County NOW chapter filed the complaint with the Division of Civil Rights on behalf of all 8-to-12- year-olds in the State Little League, Inc., had revokad Hoboken's chapter because Maria Pepe was allowed to play ball At present, many New Jersey parents are bitter toward the girls and blame NOW for keeping their boys out of Little League this year. Other parents point out that it is not the girls who decided to suspend play Even in Tenafly, James Tuck, president of the Tenafly Little League, is not at all in favor of girls playing SEE THE LENS THAT DARKENS IN THE SUNLIGHT (VARIGRAY) He noted, however, that there was a group in town called Tenafly Women's Rights and "we decided we would rather have girls play than have 360 boys be deprived of playing. After all, the mam reason we are in this is for the he said. "Let the girls play, get it over with, and they'll disappear. One girl has quit already." A vice-president of Little League, Inc., Robert Stiratt, voiced a major objection to girls "There is more possibility of accident and injury to girls based on physiological evidence But so far, no court has ruled physiological difference means that the girls can't play ball "It doesn't mean we have anything against said Mr Stiratt. "We have women coaches and umpires." However, he noted that Little League, Inc. had a woman secretary but no women in policy-making positions because it is the board that makes policy. Who is on the board9 "Fifteen men." "They just don't want girls and they are trumping up a variety of medical evidence to try to said Judith Weis "I don't know what they are afraid of maybe they are thinking the girls might beat the boys." For a long time controversy has raged over the feeling that children are pushed to win by overzealous parents and that many children who are only average players are not allowed to play In Tenafly, everybody who signs up gets to play including girls But Mr. Tuck aciiicd that a new refrain is heard in New Jersey these days "If these mothers just wouldn't push their Mrs Phoebe Sehman said that when her nine-year-old daughter Lucy, heard the news on the radio she said, "Oh good, now I can play baseball "I don't know that I could have forced my child to do said Mrs. Sehman, a lawyer who worked with the women's litigation unit at Rutgers University on a fnend-of-the-court brief supporting NOW's case. Her daughter was warned she would get some hassle from her friends When told, "Boys are going to throw balls deliberately to hit Lucy answered, "No they won't because then I'll get on base "She is said Mrs Sehman, "partly because she Herald- Family On the mound Pitcher Denise Broadman is the Little League team's fastest runner. CASH BINGO ST. BASIL'S 13th St.-Jnd 6th Ave. N. Friday, April 19th, 8 o'clock 4lh and 61h In 7 5 CARDS FOR 2Sc EACH 3LACKOUT JACKPOT IN 50 NOS. LUCKY NAME DRAW WORTH LUCKY NUMBER DRAW WORTH WEEKLY DRAW WORTH 3 FREE GAMES DOOR PRIZE PcrMM Under 16 YMrt Not Allowed Sponsored by ST. BASIL'S MEN'S CLUB doesn't like people to say, 'You are limited in what you can do "Hey Broadman, pick 'em yelled the first baseman to Denise, who was pitching The cold wind blew dirt from the field and Mrs Elizabeth Warms, Susan's mother, shivered on the bench She said she had not pushed' her 12-year-old daughter to play in fact, had discouraged her reminding her of "The Jackie Robinson Story" they had watched on television. "Remember what he went she told Susan Susan said she still wanted to play and her mother is proud of her. Mrs Warms noted, "Even when my son wanted to play, I was hestitant. I think this puts the Little League back in perspective People should realize it is just a game and basically is supposed to be fun" Alan Warms, who is seven years old and plans to play baseball when he is eight, was uncomfortably trying to break in a new glove by sitting on it He grinned the wide, partially tootniess grin of a seven-year- old, and proclaimed it a good idea that Susan was playing ball "But they had better not play soccer Judith Wenning, national sports task force co-ordmator for NOW, expects New Jersey's law to be upheld and serve as a model for other states Others point out that the state laws requiring the same amounts of money and facilities for both boys and girls for sports, much financing of the heavy contact sports of football and boxing may be precluded But no longer need women be expected to play mainly in sports where no contact is made such as swimming, gymnastics, tennis Read TheWorld Almanac The new 1974 World Almanac knows a lot about a lot of things: Sports, Ecology, History, Politics, Personalities, Watergate, Personal Finance, Social Security and Medicare, Zip Codes, Consumer Information, the World since B.C. It's The Authority since 1868 and now it's bigger, with bigger type that's easier to read. It has indexed full-color maps of the world and the flags of all nations. It's indispensable in schools, homes, offices, libraries. To find a fact fast, read The 1974 World Almanac and Book of Facts, co-published by this newspaper as a public service. THE WORLD ALMANAC. 8c BOOK OF FACTS u Comptetoty RvvlMd >Mt Selling For Ovtr A Cvnlury Clip and mail this handy order form lor your copy of The World Book Almanac' Please mail copies of The World Almanac I am enclosing 2 25 plus handling and mailing charges lor each copy NAME ADDRESS CITY PROV. CODE Now on sale at bookstores, newsstands., super-markets, drug stores and our public service counter. Use coupon and add 35 cents postage and handling to order by mail. II you prefer to pick up your order The World Almanac is available at The Lethbridge Herald Business Office lor 2 25 per copy Mail to The Lethbridge Herald P O Box 670, Lethbridge The Lctltbridijc Herald "Serves tne South" Discrimination charged against postal service MINNEAPOLIS. Minn. (AP) The U.S. postal service has been sued by a 'well-endowed young woman' who seeks reinstatement to a job from which she was fired because of the way she dressed. The plaintiff, Joanne Denzer, 21, Minneapolis, worked sorting mail in the non-public part of the Minneapolis post office under a program giving jobs to students needing financial assistance Ms Denzer is a student at the University of Minnesota Her complaint, filed in U S. District Court in Minneapolis, says the written dress code in the post office only applies to women It bans "abbreviated clothing in the form of halters or shorts Ms. Denzers' attorney, Harriet Lansing, said her supervisors criticized her for wearing a backless dress. A midriff halter and a two-piece outfit Administrative hearings on Ms. Denzer's case showed that men in the same department frequently wore "fishnet" tops, "tank tops" overall with no shirts or no tops at all, Ms Lansing said She said the temperature in the workroom frequently was over 90 degrees Ms Denzer appealed her firing through several levels of administrative hearings, and twice hearing officers ruled in her favor But higher level postal officials ruled against her. She wants a judgement that the dress-code enforcement is discriminatory reinstatement with all her back pay, and for deprivation of her civil rights and damage to her reputation. Ms. Denzer was hired Feb. and told Jan that her contract would not be extended. A MEMORIAL DONATION for M.S. RESEARCH will give HOPE To thousands of young adults with Multiple Sclerosis Contact Your Local Chapter: or MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY OF CANADA PRAIRIE DIVISION 701 Taglvr Building Edmonton, Albtrta T5J OT8 art tax daductlontl ;