North and the #BossLadies of Boss Talk are excited to continue celebrating Women’s History Month as we recognize those who have helped pave the way for us and future Boss Ladies! Because of their accomplishments, we can encourage our daughters, sisters, mothers, and friends to dream big and reach for the stars fearlessly. Here are a few amazing women who have enacted change, had record-shattering accomplishments, and broken gender bias in the world of sports.
Gertrude Ederle (1905 – 2003)
In 1926, 19-year-old Gertrude Ederle became the first woman to swim across the English Channel, a feat only five men had previously accomplished. At just 19 years old, Gertrude completed the 35-mile swim in 14 and a half hours, beating the men’s record by almost two hours. Prior to making this swim, Gertrude competed in the 1924 Paris Olympics, where she won a gold medal and two bronze medals.
Billie Jean King (1943 – )
Billie Jean King began making history in 1971 when she became the first female athlete in any sport to win over $100,000 during a single season. She then competed in the infamous “Battle of The Sexes” tennis match in 1973, defeating the former men’s top-ranked player, Bobby Riggs, and disproving his claim that the women’s game was inferior to the men’s game. Billie continued to fight for equal opportunity of women in sports, founding the Women’s Tennis Association in 1973 and serving as its first president.
Julie Krone (1963 – )
Julie Krone is the leading female Thoroughbred horse racing jockey of all time, earning more than 3,700 wins throughout her career. In 1993, Julie became the first female jockey to win a Triple Crown race when she rode Colonial Affair to victory at the Belmont Stakes. After coming out of retirement the previous year, Julie made history again in 2003 when she became the first woman to win a Breeders’ Cup event at the Juvenile Fillies and the first woman to win a million dollar purse race at the Pacific Classic.
Trischa Zorn (1964 – )
Trischa Zorn is the most decorated Paralympic athlete of all time, having won a total of 55 medals in her seven Paralympic Games appearances. Born blind, Trischa competed in Paralympic swimming, where she won seven gold medals and set three world records at her first Olympic appearance in 1980. Trischa retired after winning a bronze medal at the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens, ending her career with 41 gold medals, nine silver medals, and five bronze medals. In 2012, Trischa became the first American woman inducted into the Paralympics Hall of Fame.
Antoinette “Toni” Harris (1996 – )
On February 26, 2019, Toni Harris became the first female football player in a skill position to sign a letter of intent to attend college on a full football scholarship. Prior to accepting the scholarship from Central Methodist University in Missouri, Toni spent two seasons as a free safety for East Los Angeles College in California. Toni was recently featured in a Super Bowl LIII commercial created by Toyota, which showcased her journey and aspirations of being the first female to play in the National Football League.