Have you ever been cat called while out running or in other public places? Let’s chat about it. Join us on February 5th at 12pm EST with Runner’s World Chief Running Officer and the Mayor of Running Bart Yasso; Runner’s World’s Zelle; Stop Street Harrassment’s Holly Kearl; along with freelance journalist and author of the upcoming book Running: A Love Story Jen A. Miller, whose article “Wearing Her #Whorepants” took social media by storm.
Most of you are familiar with Twitter Chats. If not, the way, here’s how it works: we will tweet the questions, and you can give us your stories, perspectives, thoughts and ideas on how we can all work together to address these important issues of street harassment, cat calling and other harassment and violence in public places. The hashtag we will Tweet with is #RWsafety
We’ve designed two Twitter chats on women’s safety and street harassment in the past year. We’ve been blessed with wicked smart people who have supported and helped us in our work producing the document Designing a Safer Woman (http://runhers.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/DSW_Final_V1_Sept_2013.pdf) – and yes, we should come up with a better name for the project. It was our working project name for Version 1. Maybe you can help retitle it for Version 2?
We came across Holly Kearl in our research on street harassment, and she has been an inspiration and a passionate leader addressing these issues here in the U.S., and internationally. Holly has her own story about being harassed while out running. She has been instrumental in providing clarity and thought for our research at the hers projects. You can learn more about Holly at www.hollykearl.com, and you can also learn about her cutting edge work with Stop Street Harassment, which is helping women across the globe, at http://www.stopstreetharassment.org/ .It’s loaded with everything from definitions to research to projects and plenty of compelling articles and stories.
Here is a link to Jen’s story “Wearing Her #Whorepants”: http://zelle.runnersworld.com/style/wearing-her-whorepants. Jen A. Miller has been a freelance journalist for the last 10 years, sticking with the work from home lifestyle because she likes running before lunch and working with her Jack Russell Terrier by her side. She’s a frequent contributor to Runner’s World, Running Times, Zelle, The New York Times and Philadelphia Inquirer and her memoir, Running: A Love Story will be published by Seal Press in early 2016.
Please share this with men, women and any organizations you think have an interest. We will compile all of the chat, and write a summary and action plan based on the information shared.