Since its inception in 1897, no woman had been permitted to compete in the Boston Marathon. Kathrine “Kathy” Switzer signed in as K.V. Switzer, and moved along to the starting line. Despite officials attempting to pull her off of the course, Switzer eluded them, becoming the first woman to complete the Boston marathon.
“Sports up to that time had been a masculine domain ... Certainly, if [a woman] participated in sports long enough, she's going to grow hair, her legs are going to get all muscular and maybe her uterus was going to fall out.”