S2E16 – Rejecting Women in the Boston Marathon (The Stories of Bobbi Gibb & Kathrine Switzer

Show Notes

In 2019, 13,684 of the Boston Marathon’s participants were women – making up nearly 50% of total entrants. But back in the 1960s, women weren’t permitted into the prestigious event, rejected solely on the basis of sex. Until two brave women had enough. Join us this week as we tell the stories of pioneer runners Bobbi Gibb and Kathrine Switzer – the first women to ever run the Boston Marathon after 70 years as a men’s only event.

Major sources for this episode include:
Marathon Woman by Kathrine Switzer
First Ladies of Running: 22 Inspiring Profiles of the Rebels, Rule Breakers and Visionaries Who Changed the Sport Forever by Amby Burfoot
Runner’s World: “Eleven Wretched Women” by Roger Robinson

From the creators of Under the Influence:
Executive Producer & Co-Host: Terry O’Reilly
Writer & Host: Sidney O’Reilly
Research: Allison Pinches
Director: Callie O’Reilly
Supervising Producer: Debbie O’Reilly
Engineer: Geoff Devine
Theme music: Ian Lefeuvre & Ari Posner

This show is brought to you by the Apostrophe Podcast Network and powered by Acast.

Show Notes

In 2019, 13,684 of the Boston Marathon’s participants were women – making up nearly 50% of total entrants. But back in the 1960s, women weren’t permitted into the prestigious event, rejected solely on the basis of sex. Until two brave women had enough. Join us this week as we tell the stories of pioneer runners Bobbi Gibb and Kathrine Switzer – the first women to ever run the Boston Marathon after 70 years as a men’s only event.

Major sources for this episode include:
Marathon Woman by Kathrine Switzer
First Ladies of Running: 22 Inspiring Profiles of the Rebels, Rule Breakers and Visionaries Who Changed the Sport Forever by Amby Burfoot
Runner’s World: “Eleven Wretched Women” by Roger Robinson

From the creators of Under the Influence:
Executive Producer & Co-Host: Terry O’Reilly
Writer & Host: Sidney O’Reilly
Research: Allison Pinches
Director: Callie O’Reilly
Supervising Producer: Debbie O’Reilly
Engineer: Geoff Devine
Theme music: Ian Lefeuvre & Ari Posner

This show is brought to you by the Apostrophe Podcast Network and powered by Acast.

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