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Rusty Kanokogi: The Mother of Women's Judo
Participants Rena "Rusty" Kanokogi, Elizabeth Sackler

A role model for women athletes of all ages and a native of Brooklyn, Rena "Rusty" Kanokogi speaks about her trailblazing entry into competitive judo at a time when women were prohibited from competition. Disguising herself as a man in order to compete, Rusty discusses the shift from her struggle as an outsider in a men's sport to a celebrated female pioneer, athlete, and the highest-ranking American woman in judo. Introduction by Elizabeth Sackler.