Year: 2011

Presenting The Awe-Inspiring Root 100!

BY VICTORIA TRAVERS On Saturday Night Washington DC was pulsing with the heartbeat of 100 awe-inspiring, super-achieving mayors, policymakers, musicians and media stars, as they gathered at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium to celebrate The Root 100 awards 2011. Founded in 2008, The Root is a unique online news publication that offers an African-American perspective … Continued

Governor Scott Walker and the Trojan Horse Protest

BY VICTORIA TRAVERS It is truly awesome to see the creative ways in which activists are making themselves heard! Case in question: Governor Scott Walker and the Trojan Horse breakfast protest. Last Thursday controversial Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was shouted into silence by protesters posing as suits as he attempted to give a budget speech … Continued

Hero DeJesus Proves We DO Have the Power to End Street Harassment!

BY VICTORIA TRAVERS Inspirational and Badass Shyane DeJesus Brave anthropology student, Shyane DeJesus, hit headlines last week when she fought back against 39-year-old, subway sex pest, Froylan Andrade. DeJesus was groped by Andrade on the 6 platform at Union Square at 9.30 am on October 23. In utter disgust, she punched him with her left … Continued

Harassment at School: Not Cool

BY ANNIE BOGGS A depressing new study shows that sexual harassment starts at a disturbingly early age — middle and high school. The American Association of University Women’s report, Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment at School, shows that harassment is widespread in grades 7-12 for our nation’s students. According to the study summary:  Sexual harassment … Continued

Everyone has the Right to Occupy Space, Safely

This was originally posted on occupywallst.org. For as long as public space has existed, women and LGBTQ people have been trying to “occupy” it safely — with distressingly little success. Harassing comments, groping, flashing and assault are a daily, global reality for women and LGBTQ individuals. Too often, these injustices are met with little or … Continued

“Asking For It”: PSA by Temple University Sophomore Kara Lieff

BY VICTORIA FITZGERALD Second year Film and Media Arts and Women’s Studies student at Temple University, Kara Lieff, originally produced the short film for a class to highlight the common misconception of a direct correlation between a woman’s choice of clothing and her sexual availability. Lieff gave this background information to street harassment blog Stop … Continued

Sex Trafficking: A Transnational Problem Right Under Our Noses

BY NICOLA BRIGGS In 2004, I went to Bangkok to give a Tai Chi presentation at the 15th International AIDS Conference, and while I was there I noticed an interesting bill-board. It depicted a young girl kneeling in front of a man, with her head bowed and hands clasped in the prayer position. I asked … Continued

Bethany’s Story: Violated

I was walking back to my apartment after my internship on a Monday. I had already had a rough day and had just gotten off the phone with my mom. It was a little after 5pm and there were people everywhere. I was looking down for a second to hang up my phone when I … Continued

Hollaback! at the Roots of Change conference!

                                This week we had the honor of presenting at the Roots Of Change conference in Portland!  Emily gave the history of Hollaback! and talked about why street harassment matters.  Our board member Chad Sniffen presented on the history of … Continued

As proud as proud can be

A note from Emily May, executive director: I’ve spent the past 18 years knowing that my younger sister was the coolest girl on the planet.  So when she reached out to me to start volunteering for Hollaback!, I shouldn’t have been surprised.  I mean of course — she’s awesome. But I couldn’t help to feel … Continued