Writing Lilian Harrison into history

By Matthew Brown and Pablo Scharagrodsky, published 6th February 2024

A world champion woman swimmer of the 1920s: Writing Lilian Harrison into history

In this article Matthew Brown and Pablo Scharagrodsky introduce us to the little-known story of Anglo-Argentinian swimmer Lilian Harrison, who in 1923 became the first person to swim the 42km from Uruguay to Argentina at the estuary of the Rio de la Plata. Her story shows how she had to battle against not only tides and currents but also against the gendered assumptions and discriminatory practices of contemporary society.

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