Women aspiring to run the Boston marathon train to meet a qualifying standard.
Before 1972, they had to do so much more. Barred from entering, they often cross-dressed for the interloping occasion with fake mustaches, capped heads, and compressed chests. Distance running was considered unsafe for females. It wasn’t until 1984 that the first women’s marathon was held at the Olympic Games.
Fortunately, we evolve. Outdated ideas of female frailty now make most of us cringe.
And one day, I hope, most people will wince when the stock market rises.
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