Friday, January 18, 2013

Lady Wrestlers: Louise Greene, Ethel Johnson, Mary Horton & Babs Wingo

Jet, February 21, 1952

When I found this story while searching for a word avoirdupois I figured that it would be a quirky, oddity, niche kind of thing but it turns out that some of these ladies actually made careers out of wrestling. Well, as far as most athletic careers go, spanning a decade or two. And they banked some serious avoirdupois!

There's a re-posted article here from the Columbus Dispatch detailing some of Ethel Johnson's feats and pratfalls. Considering the era, the 1950s through the 60s, sex and race discrimination factored into their experience as dig juggling a career with a family. Anyway, since I don't have time to delve into this deeper today as I'm going out of town, I'll make a concerted effort to track down some news articles on the matter sometime next week.

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