Ten Women’s Sports and Health Pioneers You Should Know

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This Women’s History Month, celebrate the accomplishments of these ten women’s sports and health pioneers

Rebecca Lee Crumpler, M.D.

First African American woman to become a physician

crumplerAfter earning her degree, Crumpler worked primarily with former slaves who could not receive medical attention elsewhere. She was as much a missionary as she was a doctor, and the impressive span of her career is expressed best by the 1883 publication of her Book of Medical Discourse, the first of its kind written by a black American.

The Boston Women’s Health Collective

Written by zzz zzz. Posted in Ms. Fit Hall of Fame

The Boston Women’s Health Book Collective is a nonprofit, public interest organization that promotes accurate and evidence-based information on girls’ Our bodies ourselvesand women’s health and sexuality. Their seminal volume on women’s health, sexuality and sexual identity, Our Bodies, Ourselves, was first published in 1970, and has since been translated into 26 languages around the world, as well as published in braille. The book was the first of its kind, a text on women’s health written by women, for women. The most recent edition, published in 2011, includes information as well as personal essays about gender identity, sexual orientation, birth control, abortion, pregnancy and birth, perimenopause & menopause, sexuality and sexual health.

The First Inductees into the Ms. Fit Hall of Fame Are…

Written by Kathie Bergquist. Posted in Featured Posts, Ms. Fit Hall of Fame

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Our first inductees into the Ms. Fit Hall of Fame are two real trailblazers in the worlds of running and women’s sports.

1960 Olympic GamesIn the 1960s Summer Olympic in Rome, track athlete Wilma Rudolph became the first American women to win three gold medals in a single Olympics, earning her the nickname, “The Hurricane.” A high school basketball star, Rudolph discovered running as a way to keep busy between basketball seasons. By the 1960s she was widely regarded as the fastest woman in history. After her Olympics triumph, Rudolph returned home to Clarksville, Tennessee where, at the athlete’s request, her homecoming festivities were the first fully integrated events in the city’s history. Although she retired from athletics in 1962, Rudolph was subsequently inducted into the National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame, The National Track and Field Hall of Fame, and the Olympics Hall of Fame. And now, the Ms.Fit Hall of Fame!

Katherine SwitzerKatherine Switzer registered for the men-only 1967 Boston Marathon under the gender-neutral K. V. Switzer. When, mid-race, it was discovered that she was a woman, a race official unsuccessfully tried to forcibly remove her from the course. Switzer’s boyfriend, Tom Miller, who was running with her, shoved him aside and sent him flying. The photographs taken of the incident made world headlines. She finished the race in approximately 4 hours 20 minutes. Switzer was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 2011 for creating a social revolution by empowering women around the world through running. Since 1967, she has worked to improve running opportunities for women throughout the world.

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