Today in Feminist History: Two Women (Illegally) Run the Boston Marathon (April 19, 1967)

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April 19, 1967: Though they had to do it illegally, two women have now run in the Boston Marathon!

Kathrine Switzer and Roberta Gibb ran today despite the race having been strictly limited to male athletes since its beginning in 1897 and the determination of officials to keep it that way.

Reporters spotted Switzer a few miles from the start, accompanied by two male college classmate runners. Because her hair was flying and she was no longer trying to remain inconspicuous, members of the press began making some remarks in the presence of race officials sharing the bus about there being “a girl in the race.”

Race Directors Will Cloney and Jock Semple ordered the bus driver to stop, then they ran toward Switzer. Semple tried to grab her, yelling: “Get the hell out of my race and give me those race numbers !” (She got official front-and-back race numbers because her…

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