More than 100 people are set to run a relay spanning from Harlem, New York to Washington, DC in time to participate in the Women’s March planned around Donald Trump’s inauguration on January 20.
After watching Trump win the presidency and feeling “unable to reconcile” what she witnessed, Alison Désir decided she couldn’t sit idly by and launched a campaign to run the 240 miles from New York to the nation’s capital–all while raising money for Planned Parenthood.
The project originally started with four women. They called the project “Four Women Run for All Women” and turned to online crowdfunding platform GoFundMe to fundraise, with the goal of raising $44,000 for the reproductive health provider in honor of the 44th president, Barack Obama.
But the campaign has found such immense support online–raising $32,000 from more than 750 donors in just one week–that the organizers have had to move their goalposts. In addition to the four original female runners, supporters will join as part of a relay to DC, and supporters from around the world are planning runs in solidarity.
“It’s no secret that this incoming administration and Congress have a target on women’s right to choose and women’s health,” Désir wrote on her original post. The run, she said, was her response to that threat.
One supporter of the campaign, who contributed more than $1,000, wrote that “as a feminist who came of age in the early 70s, I never thought we would be in a position today to have to fight the battles once again for women’s rights.”
In another update, Désir wrote that history has proven women are a “creative, resilient and affirming bunch.”
“I would like to say that I am feeling an incredible mix of emotions–at once in disbelief but also feeling that of course this would be possible–we are women, after all,” she wrote.