Activism Takes Many Forms: 1st Woman to Run in Boston Marathon

Activism takes many forms, not all of them directly political.  But the adage "the personal is political" always applies. 

Take Katherine Switzer who made history again this week when she ran in the Boston Marathon.  Registering as K.V. Switzer, Katherine first ran fifty years ago.  Though it was not technically illegal for her to sign up and run, no woman had ever done so and apparently the male race organizers planned to keep the race for men only.  A race official ripped her number off during the race and she was disqualified after finishing. 

Switzer in 1967.  A race official ripping her number off.  Her boyfriend, also a runner, pushed the official away so she could continue to run.

Switzer in 1967.  A race official ripping her number off.  Her boyfriend, also a runner, pushed the official away so she could continue to run.

I don't think young women today appreciate or understand how far women have advanced in the last fifty years--or how restricted women's lives and possibilities were in 1967.  If they did, they would be in the street marching, ensuring that men are not allowed to turn the clocks back.  Women's voices will be heard.  Women's needs will be addressed.  We won't be silenced again.  Ever.