We’ve exceeded every goal we set for ourselves. Hollaback! is able to provide innovative education, advocacy, and training programs because of people like you — people who have felt the effects of harassment and want to do whatever they can to end it. With your support, we can end it together. Will you donate today and pledge to support equal access to public spaces for all? Hollaback! is rated gold on Guidestar and is committed to transparency. All donations are tax-deductible.
Here is a taste of what we’ve accomplished:
- Inspiring international leadership. We’ve trained over 550 activists from cities around the world to localize Hollaback! to their community using the Hollaback! digital storytelling platform and on-the-ground resources. Our site leaders are young and diverse: 75% are under 30, 41% are LGBTQ+ and 33% are people of color. Activists receive comprehensive 9-month training prior to launch, and following launch, they receive ongoing training and technical assistance from our team.
- Digital storytelling. We’ve released free iPhone and Droid apps that provide a real time response to street harassment and illustrate the locations of the harassment on Hollaback!’s publicly available map. The apps resulted in over 11,000 reports of harassment. Incidences are mapped and used to educate policymakers about the prevalence of harassment in their districts and inform research and community based solutions.
- Engaging Elected Officials. Across the Hollaback! network, we meet with over 100 legislators per year to discuss community-based solutions to street harassment, including safety audits, trainings, public art projects, and workshop series. Our sites have collaborated with legislators to pass a resolution against street harassment in the Scottish Parliament, release mobile apps that will make NYC the first city in the world to document street harassment in real-time, and present in front of the UN and EU Parliament.
- Changing minds. Globally, our site leaders have trained over 2,500 middle and high schools students in how to respond to and prevent street harassment. To engage the broad public, we obtained over 2,400 press hits, 43,200+ Facebook fans, and 19,100+ Twitter followers.
- Performing Research. Our site leaders have performed groundbreaking local research in over 38 cities. They use the research to demonstrate the prevalence of street harassment and to engage the community in solutions.
In 2015 – 2106:
- HeartMob won “Best New Product” at Netroots Nation
- HeartMob won the Civic Hall Labs Healthy Public Challenge
- Hollaback! was a finalist in the F6S Civic Engagement Challenge
- Hollaback! was named one of CNN’s top safety apps
- Hollaback! was listed as one of the top 15 tech stories in Brooklyn by Technically Brooklyn
- Hollaback!’s executive director was named an Ashoka Fellow and Prime Movers Fellow
- Hollaback!’s executive director was named one of Daily Muse’s “50 Fearless Minds Changing the World” The Hollaback! app was listed on USA Today’s “4 free apps that could help prevent sexual assault“
- Hollaback! received the TED City 2.0 prize for its app partnership with the New York City Government – they termed it “an idea on which our planet’s future depends”
- Hollaback! was a finalist in the Ashoka’s “She Will Innovate” competition
- Hollaback!’s executive director was named one of The Huffington Post’s 20 Women “Leading the Way” Hollaback! won the Manhattan Young Democrats “Engendering Progress” award
- Hollaback! was named a finalist in the Green Mountain Coffee “Revelation to Action” competition
- Hollaback!’s executive director received an Ashoka “ChangemakHERS” award
Our executive director has also won many awards for her leadership. In 2014, she was named one of the year’s Mulheres Inspiradoras by Think Olga, and in 2013, one of the Daily Muse’s “50 Fearless Minds Changing the World.” In 2012, she received five awards including one of twelve women to watch in 2012 by the Daily Muse, one of 20 women “leading the way” by the Huffington Post, a “Hero Among Us” in People Magazine, an AOL “Next Maker,” and one of Jezebel’s “25 kick-ass and amazing women we love. In 2011, May was named one of Women’s eNews “21 leaders for the 21st Century”, which was presented by Dan Rather, received the “40 under 40” award from the New Leaders Council, was selected as a Top 10 finalist for the “Young Nonprofit Leaders of the Year” Classy awards, and was named an Ashoka “ChangemakHER” joining such social change makers as Melinda Gates and Fran Drescher. Additionally, and to our utter delight, when feminist icon Gloria Steinem was asked, “What women today inspire you and make you feel that the movement continues?” Her response was, “Emily May of Hollaback! who has empowered women in the street, literally.”
Foundations and Corporate Support
Thank you to our committed funders – we couldn’t do this work without you! Since 2010, Hollaback! has received support from:
Barnard Center for Research on Women
Ben and Jerry’s Foundation
Blue Ridge Foundation
Civic Hall Labs/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Craigslist Charitable Fund
Digital Trust Foundation
Dobkin Family Foundation
Instructional Telecommunications Foundation
Knight Foundation Prototype Fund
Ms. Foundation for Women
New Media Ventures
New York City Council
New York Women’s Foundation
Open Meadows Foundation
Prime Movers – A Program of Hunt Alternatives
TEDx City 2.0 Prize
Up the Rivers Endeavors
Valentine Perry Snyder Fund
Vitamin W Voqal
HOLLABACK! ANNUAL REPORTS
Our annual report details our activities and developments in the international movement to end harassment in public spaces.