Girls Gotta Run


Founded in 2006, the Girls Gotta Run Foundation raises funds to provide support to impoverished Ethiopian girls who are training to become professional runners.

It all started in 2005 when Dr. Patricia E. Ortman, a retired women’s studies professor and feminist, read an article in the Washington Post titled “Facing Servitude, Ethiopian Girls Run for a Better Life.” Within the article, [the author] Emily Wax states that “in Ethiopia, getting an education is a true marathon. Girls’ enrolment is among the lowest in the world, and women and girls are more likely to die in childbirth than reach sixth grade.” Even though Dr. Ortman isn’t a runner and had never been to Ethiopia, she became incredibly inspired, seeing the potential to organize the resources needed to support these girls and women. A year later, with the help of a group of volunteers and supporters, the Girls Gotta Run Foundation was born.

In Ethiopia, running is more than just a sport for girls and women. Not only does it give them personal independence and economic self-sufficiency, but it also empowers them to stay in school, and avoid early marriage and childbirth. Through running, these girls and women have the opportunity to invest in themselves and their own personal goals. The GGRF provides them with funds for the purchase of running shoes, training gear, food and other training-related expenses, such as transportation to and from training areas and competitions. By doing so, it gives them hope and an opportunity at a different life – thing that would otherwise be difficult to attain.

Since 2006, the GGRF has supported almost 90 female athletes, funded the establishment of seven running teams and developed a community of partners working to support female runners in Ethiopia.

If you’d like to help out or get involved, check out their website.

Photo/Resources courtesy of Girls Gotta Run Foundation.





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