Hey Shelter Leopard,
My Roomate and I (both Female) are hitting the trail in late February too (after a visit with some friends in New Orleans for Mardi Gras!) Anyway, we were looking to start Feb 18th-ish, but it wasn't set in stone.
We're relatively novice hikers, so i wouldn't expect a "motivational" pace, but it would be nice to have someone to keep up with and hang out with for the first week or two!
Keep me posted!