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Women in Water: A History of Incredible Female Swimmers (Photo Gallery)

Yesterday, 64-year-old endurence swimmer Diana Nyad emerged on the shores of Key West, Florida after swimming 110 miles from Havana, Cuba in 53 hours. It was the first time a person ever accomplished the passage without a shark cage or flippers.  

Nyad had attempted the journey four times before, first in 1978, and is a walking--well, swimming--example of the importance of being resilient enough to never give up, no matter what age.

With the news of Nyad's amazing feat, MAKERS decided it was the perfect time to take a look back at women's swimming accomplishments. Less than a hundred years ago, a woman couldn't jump in the water publicly without wearing a wool skirt! While swimming is second nature to so many of us, not too long ago it was inconcievable that a girl should be able to swim.

So take a look back with us to view how far women in the water have come. 

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