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Gender Equity in Sport & Women and Leadership

March 7, 2018
Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to compete in the 1967 Boston Marathon.

Until 1984, women were excluded from competing in the Olympic marathon because of false ideas about women’s physical capabilities.

“Outdated bias against the female body in health and medicine has taken a long time to overcome and we are still working on it,” says Dr. Angela Schneider from Western University’s School of Kinesiology

Together with Royal Roads School of Communication and Culture Prof. Jennifer Walinga, and Western University’s Dr. Alison Doherty, Schneider will host an afternoon symposium with a focus on people and milestones that have shaped human rights in Canada with respect to gender equity in sport.

Participants include four-time Olympic rower, Tricia Smith; Dr. Joan Wharf-Higgins, University of Victoria professor and one of the Most Influential Women in Sport (2013); Order of British Columbia recipient Marion Lay, and other decorated guests.

The symposium will take place at the Centre for Dialogue at Royal Roads University, 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday, March 16. It is free and open to the public and will also be available via Livestream.

Boston Globe Photo.