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This is a picture of Katherine Switzer, the first woman to ever finish the Boston Marathon. She had to try harder than anyone else to complete the race, here you see the race organizers trying to stop her from competing in 1967. 

What the hell?

Well, 50 years ago there was this nasty thing called Sexism. Its actually still around but its getting better, I hope.

Meet Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to ever finish the Boston Marathon. This picture was taken in 1967, the guy behind her is Jock Semple he was a race organizer for the marathon that year and yes he is most defidently trying to stop her. The guy to her left is Tom Miller, her boyfriend. Unfortunately the picture was taken slightly to early for us to see Mr. Semple get clocked by Tom Miller but oh well. What’s great is years later Semple started working to get women allowed in long distance racing, don’t you just love a good redemption arc? The point is…  

-Ladies: be Switzer! Kick Ass! Take names! Push the envelope! 

 -Gentleman: This is big so listen up. Don’t be afraid to be Tom Miller, I know it hard belive me I’ve been there. I’ve been the guy looking back and not doing anything. But not only is being Miller more rewarding it’s also the right thing to do. So in the words of Shia Laboef…

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ALSO, If you’ve ever acted like Jock Semple this part is for you. If you’ve realized what a gigantic dick you were being feel free to join up with the good guys. After all everyone loves a redemption arc :)

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I am amazed every time I see this video…Kathrine Switzer running the Boston Marathon and the race officials who didn’t want her there because she was a woman.

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Happy trails, Becca!

Kathrine Switzer. In 1967 she 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 created a human shield during the entire marathon. The photograph taken of the incident made world headlines, and Kathrine later won the NYC marathon with a time of 3:07:29.

“As we celebrate the Boston marathon today, a reminder that the first woman to complete the race was Katherine Switzer, who ran despite rules barring women. Pictured here just as the race director tried to tackle her. Thankfully other runners came to her aid and she finished the race.”

Saw this on Facebook. Fuck yes. I would have been right next to her swinging a machete at anyone even looking at her crooked. 

“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. Kathrine later won the NYC marathon” Info from Wikipedia

Ladies First

I’m a feminist because women are constantly sexualized and objectified. It’s common for model agencies to scout outside of anorexia clinics. Women still make less money for doing the same job as men. Every 9 seconds a woman in the U.S. is being assaulted or beaten. And being a girl is considered degrading.

I need feminism because people still roll their eyes when I talk about it, because I’m not going to spend the rest of my life in my house cooking and cleaning and catering to my husband because “that’s the roll I was meant to fulfill”, because we, women, are not equal to our male counter part.

Be the woman you are, not the doll you’re told you are. 


Katherine Switzer
First woman to run in the Boston Marathon.
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It took five years from the time Switzer made her historic run to allow women in the Boston Marathon. In 1972, women earned their bib.

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When asked how she could run for congress and be a mother she replied, “I have a brain and a uterus, and they both work.” In 1972, she was backed by her husband who fully supported her in her congressional endeavors.

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An Amazing story from a women who broke down the walls in Running. Enjoy


Kathrine Switzer on the prejudices women athletes faced, her historic Boston Marathon run, and the doors it opened for other women athletes.

Kathrine Switzer wasn’t the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, but her presence as an official entrant made her a visible and potent threat to the sports world’s status quo. The simple gesture exploded when an official attacked Switzer on the course. The incident was broadcasted worldwide and put a shocking face on the hostility to women’s full participation in athletics. Her 38 subsequent marathons (she’s still running them) include a win in New York in 1974. She led the successful drive to get the women’s race into the Olympic Games, has won an Emmy for her TV commentary, and is the author of three books, including her memoir, Marathon Woman. Switzer’s ongoing campaign to help women around the globe empower themselves through the simple act of running made her a 2011 Inductee into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

    Katherine Switzer (5 de enero de 1947, Amberg, Alemania), fue una de las primeras mujeres en correr una maratón, a finales de los 60.

    Katherine se inscribió en la prueba, que hasta entonces era exclusivamente masculina. Esta fotografía muestra a un juez de la maratón de Boston de 1967 intentando evitar que finalizase el recorrido. Gracias a la ayuda de otros corredores (su novio, también corredor, y otros participantes anónimos que la escoltaron hasta el final) Katherine Switzer se convirtió en la primera mujer en terminar una maratón (Bobbi Gib lo hizo un año antes, pero sin estar inscrita en la carrera).

    En 1974 ganó la prueba en categoría femenina.

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Katherine Switzer was the first woman to run the Boston Marathon.  Perhaps her initial desire was just to run and complete the race– she ultimately made a huge statement for women’s equality.

Gorgeous video from the Makers series.

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The year was 1966, and Bobbi Gibb became the first woman to run in the Boston Marathon. She didn’t wear a number since women weren’t allowed to participate in the marathon. The police ran after her, trying to arrest her. Women weren’t considered strong enough to run a marathon.

One year later, Katherine Switzer ran the same marathon. There was also attempts to stop her, but the other runners tackled the opponents and Katherine could finish the lap… only to be disqualified.

This is a photo of Katherine Switzer at the 1967 Boston Marathon. She was the first woman ever to enter the marathon and feathers were ruffled because of it.
In the photo, there is a race official trying to grab Switzer and rip her registration number off.

This is not the first time Switzer was shown disrespect because she was a runner. A couple of people tried to run her off the road in their cars!

This was because back then women were not meant to run or sweat or do things that weren’t feminine. This lead Switzer to dedicating her life to sports equality. She pushed for the women’s marathon at the Olympics. She created a running series which held events in 27 different countries around the world for women to enter. Among countless other achievements, Katherine Switzer became a pioneer in the sport of running, paving the way for women around the world.

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, and Kathrine later won the NYC marathon with a time of 3:07:29.