Women have always been perceived to be weaker and less physically capable than men and the freedom that today’s children have has taken many years to achieve. Today on Hazard Girls we are joined by Emily’s mom, Rosemarie Heldrich Kiser. Rosemarie was a female track runner in the 1960s; a time when women did not have a constitutional right to play sports in schools. Rosemarie shares what it was like to be a sportswoman during this time, how it felt to train in an all-male college team as a teenage girl, how she became a competitor, and her experience competing in the Olympic trials. We also delve into how her experience shaped how she views the world, the change she has observed in women’s sports since then, and how you can continue your passion for sports throughout your life. Finally, she gives some advice to today’s fortunate generation of sportswomen. We also note that on June 23rd, 2022 it was the 50th anniversary of Title 9: Federal civil rights law in the United States of America that was passed as part of the Education Amendments of 1972. It prohibits sex-based discrimination in any school or any other education program that receives funding from the federal government.To hear all this and more, tune in now!
Sn. 4, #13 Rosemarie Heldrich Kiser: The Race to Women’s Rights in Sports with Emily’s Mom
Emily received her BA in Women’s Studies and JD from Temple University. Early on, she worked as a legal advocate for women in domestic violence cases. After practicing law, Emily began working on the business side of things. She is the co-owner of AAA School of Trucking, a truck and heavy equipment safety training firm, which she has spent the last 10 years growing into a thriving national business through government and military contracting and corporate partnerships.
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Rosemarie Heldrich Kiser
Rosemarie Kiser (Then Rosemarie Heldrich) was a competitive track runner in the Amateur Athletic Union in the early 1960s. She was the NJ State Champion in her event, the 400 meter, and made it to the 1964 Olympic Trials. She did this despite the fact that there were no girls’ teams for her to join—instead she was the only girl invited to train with the Rutgers University boys’ track team by Rutgers Track and Field Coach Les Wallach. After her college running career ended, Rosemarie continued a lifetime of running, winning road races into her 50s. She is a certified track and field coach and official, and she coached the special education track team in Somerset, NJ, as part of the Special Olympics. Rosemarie is also a Certified Speech Therapist with her Master’s in Speech Pathology, a published short story writer, the mom of two grown children, and grandmother to three.