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Target demographics: Women, girls, and teens; women of all ages; women ages 16-22; LGBTQ individuals
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Submit your story of street harassment (sexual harassment in the streets or in public) at ihollaback.org; encourage your friends to do the same via email, facebook, and twitter.
Geographic areas served: global
Inspired youth leadership. What started as a New York City-based initiative has spread to, as of December 2011, 48 cities in 15 countries with more sites to be added soon. Our 150 site leaders are young and diverse: 75% are under 30, 50% are under 25, 44% are LGBTQ and 26% are people of color.
Shifted public opinion. In total, Hollaback! received more than 500 media inquiries including the New York Times, the BBC, Washington Post, and NPR. In addition to this, we have 3,700 Twitter followers and 20,000 Facebook fans. When our site leader in Buenos Aires was threatened with rape by a prominent journalist because of her work with Hollaback!, 3,500 people from 75 countries signed an online petition to get him fired. Our efforts resulted in both Fiat and Lacoste pulling their advertising from the magazine, a public apology from the journalist and the editor, and ultimately the forced resignation of the journalist.
Engaged elected officials: On October 28, 2010 the New York City Council held the first-ever in the world hearing on street harassment. Hollaback! coordinated a standing room only group of women and LGBTQ individuals and subsequently fielded more than 200 media queries. This inspired local legislators in New York City to make a $28,500 investment in Hollaback! Enabling us to develop the infrastructure needed to report street harassment incidents to NYC’s 311 information system -- truly establishing a powerful nonprofit and government partnership.
In recognition of our early success, Hollaback! has received a number of awards and accolades. The organization was named a finalist in the Green Mountain Coffee “Revelation to Action” competition and in May of this year, Hollaback!’s Executive Director was named one of Women’s eNews “21 leaders for the 21st Century.” In addition, Hollaback’s E.D. received the “40 under 40” award from the New Leadership Council, and the organization was selected as a Top 10 finalist for the Young Nonprofit Leaders of the Year “Classy” awards. The organization has also been named an Ashoka “ChangemakHER” joining such social change makers as Melinda Gates and Fran Drescher. Further, when feminist icon Gloria Steinem was asked, “What women today inspire you and make you feel that the movement continues?” Steinem responded: “Emily May of Hollaback! who has empowered women in the street, literally” [HBO live chat, 8/16/11].