Column: Guthrie paved the way, still hoping more will follow

All these years after her history making run at the Indianapolis 500, Janet Guthrie is still deluged with letters from around the globe.

“I just got a piece of fan mail from Australia,” she said Friday. “I've got a stack of fan mail about 3 feet high that I haven't been able to respond to.”

And how about the news that is set to portray her in a movie!

Swank called Guthrie “an incredible true story about female empowerment and going after your dreams," saying she "can’t wait to bring her inspiring life to the screen.”

“Very flattering," Guthrie responded. “Obviously, she's a great actress.”

Swank certainly picked a worthy subject.

As at the Indy 500, Guthrie's is a life is worth celebrating and remembering — especially as a new generation deals with the gender inequities that continue to hinder female sports.

When Guthrie read reports of the disparate facilities at the NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, she had a familiar reaction for someone who endured relentless scorn and ridicule breaking into a male-dominated sport.