EMILY's List Races for Representation
Saturday morning was freezing cold when I arrived at the American University campus for the 5K Race for Representation. I was greeted warmly with hot coffee and the great race organizers coordinating the event. As the morning progressed more and more Team EMILY’s List runners and walkers arrived, and we helped each other pin on numbers. Those of us who felt out of shape laughed about how bad we were going to hurt when it was over.
Then the race started! We were lucky to have several of our staff who are serious runners represent our team well.
Marissa Loterina who is an intern in our political department told me she decided to participate in the race because the cause was so important to her.
“When I heard EMILY’s List was participating and needed volunteers, I signed up right away. It was a great experience, minus the cold.” Marissa laughed. “There was so much energy and enthusiasm from everyone there! I loved the fact how they had different markers with the countries and their rank in women representation. I think the United States needs to be made aware of the lack of female representation in politics.”
Jessica Byrd from our Political Opportunity Program ran the race even though she knew it would be difficult.
“The 5k race to representation was fun, difficult at times, and meaningful. I ran the entire time, and every time I wanted to start walking, or even stop, I saw another woman, and another EMILY’s List t-shirt to cheer me on. Finishing to my EMILY’s List family’s crowd of cheers was awesome. I know when I work for a woman’s campaign, and when I eventually run for office, it will be the same feeling."