Thank you Kathrine Switzer!
Thank you Kathrine Switzer! Little did I know when I exited my mother’s womb on May 2nd, 1967, that men did not believe women had the right to run in the Boston Marathon or any marathon for that matter. Apparently, it was not women’s work or women’s skill and females should have just stayed where they preferred us to stay. Just another uphill battle women faced during that time as they forged forward with the feminist movement. I didn’t know it then and I didn’t even realize it 15 years later as I joined the track team at my high school. Lucky for me and all little girls being born that fascinating year (1967) when a woman by the name of Kathrine Switzer decided to go against her male counter-parts and registered for the Boston Marathon as K.V. Switzer and received her running bib number 261. She entered and ran that marathon proudly wearing that bib plastered on her chest. But, it wasn’t without a struggle. Once the officials realized that a woman was running the race, they tried desperately to push her out of the race and remove her bib. Luckily for her, her 250 lb. boyfriend was running beside her and pushed that official aside as she pushed forward and continued to run. See the full story here. She was also verbally attacked by other men and journalist as she tried to work her way through the race. She finished that race and faught alongside other females for the next 7 years to officially allow all women to run in the Boston Marathon in 1972.
Today marks the 50th anniversary of that historical day and Kathrine Switzer is back at it again, running the Boston Marathon! Read the article here. Alongside her is approximately 14,000 women running. And each year that number grows.
So I say to you all….. working women, stay at home moms, artist, musicians, senior females, bi, straight and other. RUN with Kathrine’s passion. Be empowered in whatever your niche is and make all your dreams come true.
Thank you K.V. Switzer and all women who “resist and persist” for all of us.