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Rusty Kanokogi: The Mother of Women's Judo

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Published on Dec 27, 2011

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. This event took place at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art on March 15, 2009. Video courtesy Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation.

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