- About Us
This is a joint program of the Center for Women and Gender and the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement, that celebrates the accomplishments of graduating RIT women. The Women's Career Achievement Dinner will be held on April 30, 2018, in the Gordon Field House. The 2018 Keynote Speaker is Kathrine Switzer, President, Marathon Woman and AtAlanta Sports Promotions, Inc.
Kathrine Switzer is many things- an athlete, author, spokeswoman, commentator, and advocate.
She earned her bachelors in journalism and English, as well as her Masters from Syracuse University. But she will always be best known as the woman who, in 1967, challenged the all-male tradition of the Boston Marathon and became the first woman to officially enter and run the event. Her entry garnered worldwide attention when a race official tried to forcibly remove her from the competition. This was captured in a photo that became one of Time-Life’s “100 Photos that Changed the World.”
Kathrine has run 40 marathons, won the 1974 New York City Marathon and in 1975, her two-hour and 51-minute marathon in Boston was ranked sixth in the world and third in the US. She has been a runner for 58 years.
Having been denied many athletic opportunities herself, Kathrine became a tireless advocate for female athletes and, after organizing a global series of 400 women’s races in 27 countries, she was instrumental in making the women’s marathon an official event in the Olympic Games, first staged in 1984 in Los Angeles. She has advocated for women’s sports participation throughout the world and continues today with the creation of “261 Fearless”, a global non-profit movement that empowers women through running.
She has won several Emmys for her sports commentary. She has authored hundreds of articles and three books, and is frequently interviewed about her marathon experience and her focus on female athlete advocacy.