Kathrine Switzer (1947 - Present)
Who: Runner, motivational speaker, author
What: In 1967, she became the first woman to officially enter the Boston Marathon. Her entry revolutionized the sports world, and she became an activist for female runners and successfully campaigned to include the women’s marathon in the Olympic Games. Switzer has run 39 marathons, is an Emmy award-winning TV commentator, and has covered the Olympic Games, World and National Championships, and every televised edition of the Boston Marathon. Talk about an inspirational feminist.
Favorite Quote: “The journalists got very aggressive, ‘What are you trying to prove? Are you a suffragette? Are you a crusader?’ And I said, ‘What? I’m just trying to run!’”