Women's Rights Advocate Katherine Switzer Speaks at SUNY Cortland
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Women’s running pioneer and women’s rights activist Katherine Switzer appeared at SUNY Cortland Monday to speak to students and community members.
Switzer made history in 1967 as the first woman to register for and run in the Boston Marathon; during the second mile of the run the race's director caught up to her tried to physically remove her from competition.
Afterward Switzer became an advocate for women's athletics.
Yesterday Switzer said her experience in the Boston Marathon opened her eyes to the discrimination that existed for women.
Switzer founded the Avon International Running Circuit, which brought races for women to dozens of countries. The program is credited with attracting more than a million participants. Runner's World magazine named her its female runner of the decade for 1967-1977 and one of its four visionaries of the century.
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