Yesterday my wife competed in the NY Mini 10K race in Central Park. The race, which originated in 1972, is supposed to symbolize the progress that women have made in sport. Two months before that original Mini, women were allowed to run officially in the Boston Marathon for the first time. Three months after that Mini, President Nixon signed Title IX legislation, mandating that women be given equal funding for sports programs at any institution receiving federal aid.
So now every year women celebrate their equal rights with the NY Mini -- a race that excludes men.