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The Year Women Could: An Equality Collection

The Year Women Could: An Equality Collection


Historically, women were deemed too weak and fragile to withstand the rigors of running, some even told running could harm their reproductive capabilities.

In the 1960s, girls growing up in the USA had few options for running, with the extent for some being allowed to run "once around the track, once a year" in PE class.

By the ’70s women could enter shorter distance road races, but couldn't officially enter a marathon on the same course as the men—and ensure their results would be counted—until 1972.

The women’s marathon wasn’t added to the Olympics until 1984—88 years after the men’s.

This information is important for more than historical reference. Our girls need this knowledge in order to make sense of the current world we live in. They see more male athletes on TV and hear us talking about men getting paid more. They see more men than women in charge almost everywhere they look. But yet we tell our girls they can “do anything” and girls are “just as good as the boys.”

These messages often don’t line up with their real world experience.

Girls need context.

Why aren’t we gathered around the TV watching women play “the big game” on Thanksgiving Day? Because men are better athletes? Or because historically women have been sidelined and not allowed to play or enter the race?

Let’s educate our girls. Let’s embrace our history as the original underdogs. Let’s celebrate the women who’ve paved our way.

This vintage inspired collection of tees, totes and joggers honors the women who've paved our way as we continue to strive toward equality today. We still have much work to do.

All items are designed by a mother/daughter duo and printed in Portland, Oregon.

Third Monday in April provides a scholarship for one girl every year to participate in Girls on the Run. Your purchase from this collection helps us do so. Girls on the Run is a life-changing program for 8- to 13-year-old girls that promotes girl empowerment by teaching life skills through lessons and running.