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Game Changers: Female Athletes Who Took the Lead


Girl Running is the story of Bobbi Gibb. When she was a little girl she was not allowed to run on her school's track team. When she was by herself after school though, or on the weekends, Bobbi could run as much as she wanted, and she did! Believe it or not, as late as 1966 Bobbi was told she could not run in the Boston Marathon because it was considered a man's race. At that time, a lot of people thought 26 miles was just too far for a woman to run. Bobbi ran in the race anyway and was the first woman to run the entire thing. She won the unofficial women's division several times. Women were finally allowed to officially run in the Boston Marathon in 1972. Bobbi was a trailblazer and lead the way for all the female runners after her.

Listed below are several more stories about trailblazing female athletes.

"Stories, both real and imagined, show what girls can do. The stories of women’s lives, and the choices they made, encourage girls to think larger and bolder, and give boys and men a fuller understanding of the female experience."

~National Women's History Project


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Anybody's GameGame Changers the Story of Venus and Serena WilliamsLong Armed LudieProudTrudy's Big SwimYes She Can SportsDirt on their SkirtsBasketball BellesQueen of the TrackDanica PatrickThe Golden Girls of RioSerena WilliamsWhen Wilma Rudolph Played BasketballThe Kid from Diamond StreetMermaid QueenFearlessTouch the SkyNothing But TroubleAmerica's Champion SwimmerWilma UnlimitedTillie the Terrible Swede

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