Sports Evolving

Miller, George. The Prentice Hall Reader. 7th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1998.    Print

           Getrude Ederle swam the English Channel in 1926 and did it two hours faster than any of the men who had preceded her to be a “weak women”. Ederle had proven every man wrong who had doubted her. Forty-one years later a woman named Kathrine Switzer ran a marathon. Now the fact that she ran a marathon is amazing just itself, but the fact that she ran a marathon when no women were allowed to run makes it more amazing. Switzer entered the Boston Marathon as number 261. She was physically ready and mentally ready to conquer this marathon. As she begins a man attempts to stop her from the rest of the race but is unsuccessful. Switzer proceeds on with the marathon and finishes the whole marathon. Kathrine Switzer gained the attention of every newspaper around. It wasn’t for another five years in 1972, before women were allowed to run.
           This is where Title IX of the Education Act of 1972 began. This law stated that gender discrimination was illegal, making millions of girl’s athletes. Mia Hamm, Gabby Reece, Rebecca Lobo, and Lisa Leslie were all women who became shining women athletes. Without this law women would not have the great opportunities that they have had. Little girls would not have role models to look up to in life.
           I’ve learned I shouldn’t take the sport I play for granted, because without these strong and ambitious women in history we would have never had the right to play. People fought for our right to play the sport we love and we should embrace it. Today one of my biggest inspirations is Carli Lloyd who plays on the Women’s National Soccer team and without Title XI being passed I would not be able to look up to her as the female athlete she is today. Although this post is a little off topic I thought it would be a good reminder on how far sports have evolved from then to now.


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