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Arizona women’s softball teams topic of June 11 Carnegie Lunchtime Speaker Series

image007From the 1930s to the 1950s, in the days before television, people turned out in the thousands to watch women’s softball teams play in Arizona.   The Ramblers and the Queens, two Phoenix teams, won five national championships between them in the 1940s, garnering Phoenix the title of Softball Capitol of the World.  These women endured sexism and stereotyping, playing in short shorts or skirts and maintaining a feminine, attractive appearance even as they competed vigorously to win.  Women of color also experienced racism during this time period, but love of the game fueled their desire to compete.

This presentation draws on oral histories and photos that describe athletes such as Dottie Wilkinson, Flossie Ballard, Rose Mofford, and Billie Harris, who excelled on the softball field and represented Arizona with vigor and grace.

  • Thursday, June 11, 2009
  • 12-1 p.m.
  • Carnegie Center, 1101 West Washington, Phoenix, AZ 85007

Free and open to the public.  Bring your lunch.  Light refreshments served.  Free parking. For more information, call 602-926-3368 or send an e-mail.

Speaker Mary Melcher is a historian and consultant who works with organizations and museums to develop publications, exhibits and other projects.  Her publications on Arizona history focus on ranch and farmwomen, civil rights, public health, and the impact of World War II.  Dr. Melcher has conducted more than one hundred oral histories with Arizonans.

Noted Arizonans explain why they “shop local”

The 1,500-plus members of Local First Arizona are the locally-owned, independent businesses that are the backbone of Arizona’s economy.  You have a choice of where to spend your hard-earned dollars, and Local First encourages you to “put your money where your house is.”  When you shop at a locally owned business, 45 cents of every dollar stays in-state — versus only 13 cents of every dollar spent at a national chain.  To locate a product or service from a locally-owned business, click here.