About a month ago, I stumbled upon a virtual relay race coming up. The race was called "Womxn Run the Vote" and was being organized by a female owned athletic store called Oiselle.
The race involves a 680 mile virtual relay from Atlanta, Georgia to Washington, DC. The money for Registration goes to the organization Black Voters Matter which battles voter suppression in our country. As your team passes virtual locations on the course, Oiselle sends out emails with information on the Civil Rights Movement and the historical significance of these places.
I decided to organize a team, called the Wonder Womxn, to run this race. These 20 Wonder Womxn come from Kansas City, Illinois, St. Louis, Sebastopol, LA, Montana, Connecticut, New Jersy, Texas, and Santa Rosa. I also started a Facebook group for the team and this group has provided so much support and enthusiasm for each other, even if their only connection to each other is their relationship to me and this race. The genuine support each team member has given and their openness to sharing this experience and photos of their daily successes has provoked many questions and thoughts. What if this positivity and uncomplicated support of other women was always part of our lives? What if I was constantly building up other women instead of comparing my life’s experiences and passing judgement where there’s no need for judgement? Why does one person’s successes instill insecurity in another person? Especially in this time when we can’t socialize in large groups or be in person with everyone we love, how can we keep connecting and finding ways to have positive encounters with others?