Make Way for Women on the Speedway

Today, four women continued the race forward of promoting female excellence in multigendered sports.  In 1977, Janet Guthrie became the first woman to ever compete in the Indianapolis 500.  This year, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Indy 500, 5 women out of over 70 racers competed in the qualifying race and 4 moved on to compete in today’s race.  Danica Patrick, leading the race for a good amount of laps, ended up placing 10th, Pippa Mann in 20th, Ana Beatriz in 21st, and Simona De Silvestro in 31st despite severe burns on her hands after crashing in the qualifying race.  4 women out of 33 finalist racers is still far from gender equality in Indy.  Despite this imbalance, these women keep revving their engines to solidify their names in the headlines.  They compete all over the world against men and women kicking up exhaust smoke, interviewing, promoting themselves, and sparking fires showing that they can be just as tough and hardworking as the next guy.


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