American Masters

She was the First Woman to Swim Across the English Channel

Clip: 07/08/2020 | 11m 54s | Video has closed captioning.

Gertrude Ederle (1905-2003) made history and rocketed to international stardom in 1926 when, at age 20, she became the first woman to swim the English Channel, then considered one of the toughest endurance tests in the world, beating the fastest man's existing record by nearly two hours, and challenging notions about women being “the weaker sex.”

Aired: 07/08/20

Rating: NR

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