Hi, my name is Ana Lewis and I am the founder of WomenontheVerge.net (WOTV). As I say that sentence, I expect to hear you say, “Hi Ana,” in the same monotone voice of an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. Am I admitting my addiction to having a strong network of women friends and allies when I say this? Perhaps. Perhaps I am simply admitting my presence in this whole effort.
This month marks WOTV's 4th birthday. I say birthday instead of anniversary, because to me, WOTV is her own girl. She is an entity who demands to grow at her own speed and envelope her own type of person in her embrace. She doesn't get involved politically, she is loving and supportive and yes, sometimes her rose-colored glasses get broken or dirty. And you know what? She keeps getting back up. She's a survivor, our WOTV, and it's because she has friends in high places – her members, her friends, her followers, the people who believe that there's room for us all on our planet. Room to say what is meaningful and not be told that you're wrong. Room to express yourself and feel safe. Room to nurture and respect the diversity that makes us a whole. Room to be a part of a true sisterhood and showcase what that truly means via our actions.
Yes, I gave birth to WOTV, but I have been finding that her age brings about many things that have to do with bringing up an actual child. Her first year, she required A LOT of attention. As an infant, I had to be on Twitter and the website 24/7. Along with our beautiful and growing membership, we had tremendous troubles with hackers, spammers and trolls trying to tell us how to raise our child and what to buy in order to raise her right. It was worse than Saturday morning cartoons. And I was the protective mama-bird.
At two, well she got a little difficult. Hungrier, bigger and sometimes learned lessons from causing a little trouble. She almost didn't make it through the terrible twos as I was exhausted. But, nope, she rose above it, and the members helped take care of her.
However, it wasn't until WOTV became three that I finally came to the realization (duh!) that it takes a village to raise a village. And the members rose. Our online presence became (and is becoming) more “we” and WOTV is shining more than ever. Her rose-colored glasses change with the times, but she is a cool chick survivor.
It will be so interesting to see what WOTV's fourth birthday brings. She is now beginning to hold her own, and her message and idealism is being embraced in return for her generous and inclusive ideals.
I consider myself the vehicle in which WOTV came to be. She had to be here. She had to bring all of these amazing people from all over the planet to each other. I am grateful to be among her sisterhood and mostly, I am grateful to have had the opportunity to listen to her call.
Thank you all for being on the Verge.
Ana, It seems to me that your sense of sisterhood is exactly what the world needs more of. One of the aspects I love the most about this sacred space is your insistence that it remain inclusive, it is your vision that makes returning after an absence feel akin to walking back into a beautiful and comfortable room. xxoo
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Beautifully stated Ana, you have done so remarkably well. Thank you.
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