Gertrude Ederle: the first woman to swim the English Channel #History

In 1926, 19-year-old New Yorker Gertrude Ederle made history by becoming the first woman to swim the English Channel – and in a faster time than the five men who had already achieved the feat. Writing for History Extra, Gavin Mortimer shares the remarkable story of Ederle’s swim and how she inspired a generation of sporting women…

The 1920s was a decade made for explorers and adventurers. After the horrors of the Great War, the world needed heroes as it entered a glamorous new age – and it found them in the likes of Charles Lindbergh, Percy Fawcett, George Mallory and Amelia Earhart, whose exploits remain vivid nearly 100 years later.

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