Girls on the Run of Central Maryland is presenting a “SHEro” series to celebrate local women making a difference within the communities of Carroll and Howard counties.
In celebration of the organization’s 10th anniversary — according to its website, its program started in spring 2010 — Girls on the Run has planned to compile a series of articles to showcase local “SHEroes.” According to a news release from the organization, a SHEro is either a “female-identified person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements or notable qualities or a woman or man who supports women’s rights and respects women’s issues.”
Girls on the Run of Central Maryland choose the “SHEroes” highlighted in the series based on who they hear about or people who are affiliated with the organization.
“There’s not really a nomination process. We have reached out to our coaches and some of our families to say, ‘Hey who do you know that’s a real SHEro’ who we could speak to?’ ” said Jessamine Duvall, executive director of Girl on the Run of Central Maryland. “But the people that we have focused on so far are just basically people that we know of in the community who are doing great things that you don’t necessarily hear about.”
According to the release, Girl on the Run of Central Maryland decided to start this series to bring some good news to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has canceled the organization’s spring season.
The first article for the series was written in March and featured Kati Townsley, executive director of Carroll Technology and Innovation Council.
According to Duvall, Townsley was chosen because she is a leader who who makes a positive impact on the community.
Next to be featured in the series is Linda Mattes, a former coach with Girls on the Run and an emergency room nurse.
“As someone who has been a coach and is an emergency room nurse on the front line dealing with COVID-19, we thought she would be a good person to highlight,” Duvall said.
The series will continue through the rest of the year, with profiles being posted about once a month.
“These stories will hopefully lift our spirits, restore our faith in the good of humanity and set an example for the younger generation,” according to the release.
Duvall is hoping for the series to not only spread positivity, but also representation for younger girls.
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“We’re just trying to highlight women who are doing extraordinary things locally,” Duvall said. “We all know who [Supreme Court Justice] Ruth Bader Ginsburg is, we all know who the women are on national and international stages who are doing amazing things, but who are the people in your community who are doing things that you might not hear about but they’re making a difference in the community?”