- 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 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 created an uproar and worldwide notoriety when a race official tried to forcibly remove her from the competition. The photo of this confrontation flashed around the globe and became one of Time-Life’s “100 Photos that Changed the World.”
Switzer finished the race but was radicalized by the incident and was determined to create change for women.