We said last year would be our last “Women’s Issue.” We lied. Not intentionally, of course, but last August we had office discussions debating if we really needed an issue devoted to women. After all, women participating in sports is hardly novel these days. We ended up labeling it as the “Daring Issue” that featured unique sports dominated by women, like roller derby, punk fitness, and rugby. But we thought it could be our last female-focused publication. Yet, here we are in September again with our latest women’s issue. Why?
A big reason became clear to me as I read the book “Marathon Woman” by Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon. Switzer ran in a time when running wasn’t yet a popular choice for women; a woman running a race (even just going for a run) was an anomaly, an easy target for criticism and misguided medical opinions.