In the words of Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon: "If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon."
Editor's note: Especially the one she ran in 1967.
Yesterday, she ran Boston again, a full 50 years after she entered the all-men's race as K.V. Switzer and was attacked on the course for running while being a woman.
How to help advance gender equity in sports
Learn more about Title IX, the landmark 1972 law banning sex discrimination in any program or activity offered by an educational institution receiving federal funding. Women's and girls' participation in sports has skyrocketed since the law's passage.
Get inspired by untold stories of women in sports, like these.
Connect with and support 261 Fearless (Kathrine Switzer's organization that connects and supports women who run), the Women's Sports Foundation (founded by Billie Jean King to promote girls' access to sports), and Baseball for All (the group getting girls to play, and keep playing, baseball). Lots more groups here.