Donating to organizations that support women. I've long supported several organizations that promote the well-being of women and girls - and I don't just mean through my annual purchase of way too many boxes of Girl Scout cookies. I donate regularly to a few charitable causes - and irregularly to many more - but because I'm a social worker, I think I've always allowed myself to feel a little "off the hook" as far as volunteerism is concerned. This year that changes, though, and I'll be spending my spring and summer serving as an ambassador for the #Run4AllWomen project, helping to raise awareness and funds for Planned Parenthood and women's improved access to healthcare services. Stay tuned for more updates.
|Wilma Rudolph elevated women's |
track and field by earning three gold
medals in the first televised Olympics
(Rome, 1960), and went on to become a
pioneer in the civil and women's
Lifting up other women. I know how little it takes for me to feel raised up by another person, and how much I can do while floating on the steam generated by other people's engines. Countless crappy runs have been salvaged by a stranger's smile and wave hello, and many of my accomplishments in life can be credited to the encouragement of someone who thought I had it in me. I have a beautiful friend named Karen who does this better than anyone I know. Always there with a kind word, holding up mirrors to remind her friends of how strong and marvelous they are, attending their events, backing their ideas, honoring their requests, joining their teams, celebrating their triumphs, and comforting them in their defeats. I want the world to have more Karen in it, so I'm going to start with me. I'm dusting off my cowbell, and ladies: I'm ready to cheer you on. Let me know if there's something you need. Otherwise, I'll just be over here on the sidelines, hooting and hollering in your general direction.