Gertrude Ederle (1905-2003)
The first woman to swim the Channel, “Trudy” – already a gold medallist for the US at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris – beat the best men’s time by two hours when she landed at Kingsdown Beach in Kent in August 1926. That morning the Daily News had declared Gertrude would never make it, and that women would, “remain forever the weaker sex”. Her triumph made global headlines and on her return to New York she was greeted by a ticker tape parade attended by 2 million people.
Read an article from the Guardian newspaper here.