Gertrude Ederle

Professional Swimmer


Gertrude Ederle was born October 23, 1905 in New York City, NY. Gertrude was most known for her incredible achievement of being the first women to swim across the English Channel. She also has many other achievements in her swimming career such as becoming an Olympic Champion and she's a former world record holder of five events causing her to have a period of fame. In her later days, she had a career of teaching deaf kids how to swim. She later died on November 30, 2003 in Wyckoff, NJ at the age of 98.


Gertrude Ederle had many impacts in the 1920's. Gertrude impacted the way that people view women sports and how they viewed women in general. Before she had made the English Channel swim people had viewed women as housewives, cooks, and other stereotypical views. After she had swam the English Channel it had people more open minded about women. She had proven that Women can accomplish spectacular events and she threw away a lot of people's stereotypical views about women.
Gertrude Ederle