Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Story of the Courage of Kathrine Switzer


In 1967, Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to run the Boston marathon. After realizing that a woman was running, race organizer Jock Semple went after Switzer shouting, “Get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers.” However, Switzer’s boyfriend and other male runners provided a protective shield during the entire marathon.The photographs taken of the incident made world headlines.As a result of her run, the AAU barred women from all competition with male runners, on pain of losing the right to compete. 

 Kathrine later won the NYC marathon in 1974 with a time of 3:07:29.

It just gives me shudders to think how our society was male dominated once upon a time and the way females were treated. Things that we take for granted in today's world is because few women like Kathrine Switzer showed the courage to stand upto the authorities and defy them!

On behalf of the women community, I bow to this courageous lady for her guts and boldness. And that's why they say:

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.

You can read more about Kathrine Switzer here

Also:  Lost Hope?

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  1. Firm determination and sincere efforts makes success in life.

  2. We still find the use of female derogatory terms openly in daily life and in the media such as 'bitch' 'pussy' 'acting like a little girl' acceptable.

    I think a good rule of thumb would be if you can't substitute in a racial word for a sexual one, then you shouldn't make the comment.

    For instance "Derek, stop complaining, you sound like a _____." If it would feel awkward to say a racial-slur name, then you shouldn't use a gender-slur name.