How far have we really come?

Updated: July 16, 2013, 4:12 PM ET
By Robin Herman | Special to espnW

There was fan mail at first, and Valentine's Day cards, too, from a few overenthusiastic followers. People would pass game programs up to the press box asking for my autograph. The attention was embarrassing. I was the only female sportswriter covering the National Hockey League beat and I was famous, at least in the rinks.

In the early 1970s, a female sports reporter was a rare and highly visible phenomenon. We were only a handful then, and our story of pressing for postgame locker ...

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