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Battling sexism on the track

As the first woman in a male-dominated field is no picnic. you may face public misunderstanding, hostility, professional, legal problems or even death threats. In a study of female firefighters, 88% of respondents reported sexual harassment (and 70% reported ongoing harassment).

But as the unimaginable hard work, the life of a thoroughbred horse racer does not need a deterrent for those who enjoy and love the sport – not just as spectators but asParticipants – that sport has the grievances of the mastery of a difficult when reversing a history of sexism does not stop these women from the female pioneers in the circuit.

As is often the case, the women were always involved in horse racing, even though they had been kept from most of the glory prone position. Women had owned horses, trained horses, and of course pay for the privilege to watch the races. (The most famous female trainers were to Maria Hirsch, the daughter oflegendary Max Hirsch, Diana Carpenter and Jenine Sahadi.)
But it was Diane Crump, left, in 1969, the Pari-mutuel horse racing, what women are still doing on the golf course – breaking the barrier to do the sexes. It was a heady time. Only two years ago, hauling 20-year-old Kathrine Switzer for the Boston Marathon (had registered only with their initials) and, despite attempts by the race to her from the track, she finished the race. Title IX, legislation that allows girls andWomen in college and high school athletics competition in the measured without disability or double standards, three years was gone.

Crump made them change the world appearance at the Hialeah Race Track that day in February 1969, without all the fanfare that greeted Switzer's Run. Attracts Boos and cheers, she did not win that day, but it achieved a different kind of victory a year later, when they turn to the first woman in the Kentucky Derby ride.

Also in 1969, there was Barbara JoRubin's landmark win (the first by a woman in the U.S.); victory Tuesdee Testa and, much later, Patricia Cooksey, Donna Barton, and Andrea Seefeldt. But sexism against women in Thoroughbred racing was still widespread. Consider the career of Julie Krone.

Krone, the first woman to win a Triple Crown race in U.S. history, after her 1993 victory Belmont Stakes (Colonial Affair amazed), has set a standard of excellence for everyone to play hard. She won over 17% of their races netted more than$ 90,000,000 in turn and left her name in the record books several times. They also executed dominate a Michael Jordan-style-then-retired-then-return and dominate-back maneuver, winning a Breeder's Cup races (again, the only woman to do so) after it in a failed retirement 2002 returns. But numbers do not capture the extent of the power of a woman who, after all, confronted not only the barriers to block all would-be jockey of performance, but also the hostility that so oftencomes with a strong woman, where no woman would be appreciated. had, for example, she once had for a victory pose, while blood dripped from her ear – a fellow jockey (who wanted the area is limited, literally, "Fellows") receive, she beat during the race. (You bloody his nose.) You almost died after an accident at Saratoga in 1993 (the same year as her storied Belmont victory), then broke both hands to spill in a 1995th But they fought – all the way to another first: the Hallher of Fame in 2000.

Interestingly enough, racing the slow acceptance of women in the way of horse mirrors in other arenas, women have another option – it starts much further back than you think had entered. (For each Kathrine Switzer, there is an Atalanta; for each Adrienne Rich, the well-known feminist poet, there is a Sappho, the men, the women might show hundreds of years before Christ Outwrite.)

Although she rarely remembered today, Anna Lee Aldred (1921-2006 actual)get a jockey license in 1939, the race is in the state and country fairs. However, their license was issued in Mexico, because officials had failed (accidentally set) that women are not allowed to race at the Agua Caliente Race Track. So you non-American license, thirty years, Crump's appearance at Hialeah, still takes nothing from Crump performance.


July 10, 2010 - Posted by | Mary Travers Articles | ,

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