Who do YOU want to be?

This kind of inspiration is better than a cup of coffee. Here’s what I really love about this little clip about Kathrine Switzer, the 1st woman to run the Boston Marathon: It’s a 3-minute distillation of the process of social progress and the role(s) any of us can take at any moment in the struggle. This story is about Katherine’s initiative, her ability and her drive to succeed, above all else. I applaud her. Her role is the Paradigm-Shifter, or “maker,” as the series suggests.

But here we also have the Establishment/Patriarchy, repped by that vicious race director; the vital Allies, repped by her asskicking and supportive partner and her coach; and the passive Spectators, repped by the other runners, race-watchers and journalists, who don’t really know what to think and can be swayed either by the positive (“look, it’s a girl!”) or the negative (the derisive, destructive statements came only after the race director showed his rage).

There are battles all around you, every day, large and small, and each of us has a role.

Who do YOU want to be?


About amywinns

Semi-snarky, semi-sincere, occasionally ranting, always paying attention. Feminist who can work a skirt and crack a joke. Grammar nerd who is also fun at parties. Mid-career writer/editor with 15 years’ experience in newspapers & magazines who now helps developers at a major media corporation communicate with the suits who write the checks. Pro-women, pro-family, pro-choice, pro-workingclass, pro-entrepreneur, pro-farmer. Like every other bourgeois Brooklynite, I choose local/organic/raw food — mostly vegetables — whenever possible/reasonable/affordable but I’m not a smug asshole about it. Hometown: Atlanta. Weird hobby: lindy hop. No pets, no kids, no thanks.
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