Kathrine Switzer: The Girls Got What It Needs To Take

Kathrine Switzer showed bravery by contesting a male-dominated sporting society in the 1960′s and 70′s, and played a huge role in achieving gender equality in long distance running. In 1967, Switzer ran the Boston marathon despite the event being open to only males. Upon seeing a female competing, officials and organisers tried to stop her from running, and tried to rip her competition number back from her. Switzer managed to complete the event, and was the first woman to win the New York City marathon in 1974.

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