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Brave Keenan Santos Pays With his Life For Standing Up To Street Harassment

Reuben Fernandez, deceased Keenan Santos and Avinash Solanki BY VICTORIA FITZGERALD On Saturday night an innocent dinner of six friends in Mumbai, India, ended in the violent murder of a 24-year-old man and left another victim fighting for his life in Kokilaben hospital. How did this happen? Keenan Santos confronted a vile drunk that was … Continued

We Still Believe Anita Hill

BY VICTORIA FITZGERLD 20 years ago this month Anita Hill courageously thrust the issue of workplace sexual harassment into the American public consciousness when she spoke out about the inappropriate behavior of then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. To celebrate the profound impact made by Hill’s appearance at the all-white, all-male congressional hearing in 1991, The … Continued

Virginia Rometty Changes 100 Years of Male Dominated IBM

BY REBECCA KATHERINE HIRSCH In 100 years of IBM’s existence the company has never had a female CEO, until now, cue Virginia “Ginni” Rometty. As of January 2012 Rometty will step into the shoes of current CEO Sam Palmisano. The news comes hot on the heels of Meg Whitman’s appointment last month as CEO of … Continued

Demand Backpage.com Ends Child Trafficking Through Their Site!

BY SARA SUGAR Scroll to the bottom of The Village Voice’s homepage and you will find a bland, colorless gray box labeled backpage.com. The last sentence of the disclaimer preempting sections of the gray box listed under “Adult” reads: “I also agree to report suspected exploitation of minors and/or human trafficking to the appropriate authorities.” … Continued

Girl Scouts Colorado Welcome Transgender Kids

BY VICTORIA FITZGERALD On Tuesday, the Girl Scouts of Colorado spoke out in support of transgender children. This comes hot on the heels of news that the leader of a Girl Scout troop in Denver initially told 7-year-old Bobby Montoya that, despite identifying as a girl, she could not join because she had “boy parts.” … Continued

Pakistan Public Transport: Daily Abuse for Female Passengers

BY VICTORIA FITZGERALD As a woman in Pakistan traveling on public transport is like running the gauntlet, except there is no where to run, particularly in Islamabad. For schoolgirls and working females the daily commute is plagued by vulgar drivers with the self-control of a rabble of rabid mutts. The severity of this issue manifests … Continued

Domestic Violence and Women in Leadership

BY HOLLABACK! Here’s a big thank you to Hollaback! Baltimore for sharing with us this awesome questionnaire to help research the correlation between women in leadership positions and their own experiences of domestic violence. The survey has been comprised by Hollaback! affiliate, grad student and Feminist Eye View blogger, Linda Kokenge. Linda worked with Carol … Continued

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 … Continued

The Right To Occupy Safely

BY THE HOLLABACK! FAMILY At Hollaback!, we believe that everyone has a right to feel safe and confident, without fear of harassing language or actions whether they’re walking home from work, going to school, or at a protest. Over the last weeks, the Occupy Wall Street movement has created a space where individuals can talk, … Continued