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Wellesley sixth-grader complains about girls’ softball fields, and wins a chance to meet Gloria Steinem

Emily Willrich (center) and family met with feminist Gloria Steinem and Simmons president Helen Drinan (right).
Emily Willrich (center) and family met with feminist Gloria Steinem and Simmons president Helen Drinan (right).John Gillooly

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They say that well-behaved women seldom make history. Wellesley’s Emily Willrich can vouch for that.

After Willrich, 11, wrote a spunky, widely read op-ed in the Wellesley Townsman noting that the fields where the girls’ softball teams play are dingy when compared with fields for the boys’ baseball teams, she was invited to meet feminist icon Gloria Steinem and other female political big-wigs at a Simmons College event celebrating women in politics Monday night.

The 11-year-old Wellesley resident said she loved meeting Steinem, especially after watching a documentary about her work advocating women’s rights.

“I finally decided that I couldn’t take this anymore. It isn’t fair,” Willrich wrote in her May 3 piece. She said that league officials shouldn’t expect “all softball players in Wellesley to accept this unequal treatment.”

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