ESPN Presents Fifty/50:
Honoring the Stories of Title IX
Honoring the Stories of Title IX
On June 1, The Paley Center for Media opens its doors to the ESPN Fifty/50 exhibit. Highlighting unforgettable moments of struggle and triumph, the immersive experience will feature iconic outfits, photographs, and video from some of the most influential figures and moments in women’s sports over the last fifty years, including Serena Williams, Danica Patrick, Ibtihaj Muhammad, track star Wyomia Tyus, the 1976 Yale women’s crew team, the USWNT, WNBA, and many more.
The Paley Center’s ESPN Fifty/50 exhibit will showcase many of these stories, using apparel, fashion, and style as a unique lens on key moments of challenge, change, and progress for women in sports. Female athletes have long served as vital agents of change in the fight for equality. The apparel they wear, the gear they use, the personal style they bring to the field and court, have all served as powerful tools of expression, whether intentional or unintentional.
Paley Members Only—Exhibit Opening Cocktail Reception
Thursday, June 2, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Artifacts on Display
Serena Williams's “Tutu” Outfit from the 2018 U.S. Open
Serena wore this outfit, a collaboration between Louis Vuitton and Virgil Abloh, as a response to the French Open’s issues with her “catsuit” outfit the year before.
Ibtihaj Muhammad’s Hijab and Fencing Outfit from the 2016 Olympics
Ibtihaj made headlines medaling in Olympic fencing while wearing the traditional hijab beneath her fencing attire. This display will include her original Barbie doll created after the event.
Danica Patrick’s Fire Suit
The racing suit worn by Patrick when she became the first woman to win an IndyCar race during the Indy 300 in 2008 in Japan.
Brandi Chastain’s Sports Bra
Upon winning the 1999 Women’s World Cup in soccer, Chastain’s jersey-removing celebration became a lightning rod for sports gender discussions.
Billie Jean King’s Tennis Racquet
A racquet used in competition by tennis and equality icon Billie Jean King.
Pat Summitt Blazer
One of the iconic gameday orange blazers worn by Pat Summitt, legendary coach of the Tennessee Lady Vol’s college basketball team.
WNBA “VOTE” Warm-up Shirt
Part of the WNBA’s ongoing call to social action, these shirts were worn by the Connecticut Sun while observing a moment of silence in memory of Ruth Bader Ginsburg before a game in September 2020.
And much more!
Screenings at Paley
Wednesdays to Sundays, June 1 to July 10
Daily screenings during the Fifty/50 exhibit will evolve throughout the month. They will feature Paley Archive content connected to key moments in women’s sports, along with new content that will be premiering on ESPN platforms in June.
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Ava DuVernay’s stunning documentary looks at Venus Williams’s fight for equal pay in tennis. (2013)
Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern Winter’s film is a tender tribute to women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt in the wake of her Alzheimer’s diagnosis. (2013)
Hannah Storm’s documentary follows the journey of Sheryl Swoopes, one of the original players in the WNBA. (2013)
Using behind-the-scenes footage, Erin Leyden’s film takes viewers to the 1999 World Cup where the U.S. women’s soccer team made history. (2013)
Shola Lynch’s documentary retraces the rise of runner Mary Decker and her challenging experience at the 1984 Olympics. (2013)
Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s documentary explores how women athletes make much of their living: through sponsorship deals and marketing; and how that has had an effect on women in sports. (2013)
Schaap One on One – Billie Jean King
A one-on-one conversation with tennis legend Billie Jean King. (1998)
*Events and participants subject to change.
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