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Emily May

Named one of twelve women to watch in 2012 by the Daily Muse, Emily is an international leader in the anti-street-harassment movement. In 2005, at the age of 24, she co-founded Hollaback! (iHollaback.org) in New York City, and in 2010 she became its first full-time executive director. Hollaback!’s mission is to give women and LGBTQ folks an empowered response to street harassment, and ultimately, to end it.

Under Emily’s leadership, Hollaback! has scaled to a robust network of over fifty cities internationally, with over 200 trained activists working on the ground. 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.” In 2010, the Women’s Media Center selected her as one of thirty “Women Making History”; in 2011, she won the “40 under 40″ award from the New Leadership Council; and in 2012, she was named one of 20 women “leading the way” by the Huffington Post, a prestigious list that includes Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Diane Sawyer, and Sonia Sotomayor, and one of Jezebel’s “25 kick-ass and amazing women we love.” Emily has a master’s degree from the London School of Economics.

2 Responses to Emily May

  1. I’m proud to know you, Emily. What a marvelous talk you gave, and what magnificent work you do! I’m deeply grateful for all that you and your colleagues are doing to make the world safer for my sisters, my wife, my daughter, my granddaughters, my female friends and neighbors, and women everywhere. I also feel inspired to imagine how my own work can be extended through the social media, something that activists in my generation (I’m 73) are working hard to learn more about. Thank you, thank you, thank you! (And thanks to Courtney Martin for introducing us.)

  2. Peter Alsop says:

    How wonderful! My heart “soars like an eagle” when you share your Hollaback story. All of us are lifted each time a woman or girl refuses to be victimized. Thank you.