Mighty Ruthie looks at gold medalist Ruthie Bolton, former Auburn basketball player and a victim of domestic violence who has become an advocate for women.
If her story were only about basketball, Ruthie Bolton would be a legend. The 16th of 20 children, Mississippi born Bolton led Auburn to three SEC titles and two NCAA championship games. She won two Olympic gold medals and then went on to the WNBA's Sacramento Monarchs.
But as directors Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern Winters reveal, it was Ruthie Bolton’s courage during and after her playing career ended that ultimately defines her. After surviving years of domestic abuse in her first marriage, she has opened up about her experiences and become a powerful advocate for women around the world who live in fear of their spouses. Yes, she was a great basketball player. But it’s as a woman willing to share her pain that Mighty Ruthie has truly lived up to her nickname.
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