HOLLAWho? Meet Des Moines.

 

Meet Becca Lee, the collector of words fighting street harassment in Des Moines, IA.

Why do you HOLLA? Because I can. It’s my right.

What’s your signature Hollaback? Stop harassing women!

What’s your craft? Ripping books to shreds–not literally, but somewhat. I’m finishing a master’s degree in literature.

HOLLAfact about your city: Des Moines is the 3rd largest insurance capital of the world (after London and Hartford, CT).

What was your first experience with street harassment? I was in college. It started with honks and whistles as I walked to class, which bothered me, but not enough to do anything about it. Then a harasser started repeatedly making sexual comments about me right outside of my apartment building. I felt unsafe to even walk to my car, which was right next to my building, and I just couldn’t keep quiet anymore. That’s when I found Hollaback!

Define your style: Lots of caffeine and loud shoes.

Say you’re Queen for the day. What would you do to end street harassment? I would replace the “Pledge of Allegiance” with the words “I will respect other people. I will keep my hands to myself. I will take “no” for an answer. I will be a decent human being.”

What do you collect? Words. Books, quotes, lyrics, lines of poetry, movie lines, you name it.
If you could leave the world one piece of advice, what would it be? If you’re not pissed off, you’re not paying attention.

My superheroine power is… corrupting young adults with my radical queer feminist ideals. Because civil rights are anti-American, ya know…

What inspires you? People who respect others!

In the year 2020, street harassment…will still be offensive. It is not, never has been, and never will be OK.

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