When Women Show Up, They “Show Up”
What I love about Gertrude’s story is that she did it and that the world celebrated her for it.
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She received this recognition the year she died, National Women’s Hall of Fame. When she arrived back home, she was recognized as the celebrity she was with a parade down New York’s Manhattan Boulevard. On New York City’s west side, they have given her name to the Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center. Although she had broken another record, the feat had long lasting impact on her health. No pain, no gain did serve a purpose.
Her legacy is worth sharing. Stay tuned. Looks like others do too!
An annual swim from New York City’s Battery Park to Sandy Hook, New Jersey, is called the Ederle Swim in memory of Gertrude Ederle, and follows the course she swam.
The Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center is located in Manhattan.
A BBC Radio 4 play, The Great Swim, by Anita Sullivan, based on the 2008 book of the same name by Gavin Mortimer, was first broadcast on September 1, 2010, and repeated on January 23, 2012. It dramatizes Ederle’s record-breaking crossing of the English Channel.
A biographical film, Young Woman and the Sea, based on the book of the same name by Glenn Stout, is set to be directed by Joachim Rønning from a screenplay by Jeff Nathanson and is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer initially for Paramount Pictures, but is later acquired by Walt Disney Pictures for Disney+, with Daisy Ridley to play Ederle.
Ederle had poor hearing since childhood due to measles, and by the 1940s she was almost completely deaf. She taught swimming to deaf children. She never married and she was living in an old peoples home in 2001. She died on November 30, 2003, in Wyckoff, New Jersey, at the age of 97. She was interred in the Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, New York City.