Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to run the Boston marathon. After realizing that a woman was running, race organizer went after Switzer shouting. However, other male runners provided a protective shield during the entire marathon.
Women Warriors: Deborah Samson Gannett - Notably taller than the average woman of her time, she disguised herself as a man and enlisted in the Continental Army in during the American Revolutionary War.
Cathay Williams (September 1844 - was an American soldier in the U. Infantry, Company A. She is the first African-American female to enlist, and the only documented to serve in the United States Army posing as a man, under the pseudonym William Cathay.