Don’t Call Me Sir! is based on true events. In 1959, at the New York State YMCA Judo Championships, Rusty Glickman beat the reigning State Champion – but Rusty was a single mother and the reigning champion was a man and Rusty was made to return the medal when she admitted that she was a woman.
Though she never looked at herself as an individual standing up for women’s rights, Rusty was a true trailblazer. It is thanks to Rusty that women’s judo is a competitive sport and an Olympic event. She is the only foreigner to receive Japan’s The Emperor’s Order of The Rising Sun and has been honored by women’s organizations around the world, including Billie Jean King’s Women’s Sports Foundation.
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