A look back at some of the most storied accomplishments by women athletes and adventurers over the past 100 years.
1926: Gertrude Ederle
Gertrude Ederle swims the English Channel in 14 hours 34 minutes—eight hours faster than the first man did in 1857.
1966: Bobbi Gibb
Despite receiving a letter from Boston Marathon organizers explaining that women aren’t capable of running 26.2 miles, Bobbi Gibb hides in the bushes near the start line and runs it anyway, finishing in 3:21:40, ahead of two-thirds of the field. (In 2016, a total of 12,166 women finished the race.)
1978: Naomi Christine James