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 the 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.
Emily brings a fresh perspective to social action in the digital age. She argues that the internet has provided new opportunities to tackle discrimination, by transforming discrimination from a lonely experience into a piece of a larger, public movement. Her project Hollaback! gives women, girls, and LGBTQ individuals an empowered, real-time response to street harassment that will build public awareness on why street harassment matters, and how it hurts. Emily, who hold a Master’s Degree from the London School of Economics in Social Policy, argues that a crowd-sourced movement is the key to changing policy and minds, and ultimately, creating a world where everyone has the right to feel safe and confident.
Prior to running Hollaback!, Emily worked in the anti-poverty world as a case manager, political action coordinator, director of development, and most recently, a one-woman research and development team. She has also worked on four political campaigns.
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.” And when nationally renowned activist and author, Gloria Feldt featured Emily May in her column “She’s Doing It: Emily May of Hollaback!” Feldt says, “I couldn’t be prouder of Emily May, co-founder and Executive Director of Hollaback! as someone who has taken the global problem of street harassment and embraced Power tool #7: Create a movement with both arms and mobile technology!” In 2008, Emily won the Stonewall Women’s Award, in 2010 the Women’s Media Center selected her as one of thirty “Women Making History” along with Rachel Maddow, and in 2011 she was selected as one of “21 leaders for the 21st century” by Women’s E-news, won the “40 under 40″ award from the New Leadership Council, and was named an Ashoka “ChangemakHER.” 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 Sotomeyor, and one of Jezebel’s “25 kick-ass and amazing women we love.”
Hollaback! is an international movement dedicated to ending street harassment. Powered by activists around the world, our mission is to make public spaces safer for girls, women, and LGBTQ individuals. Despite the fact that comments from "You’d look good on me" to groping, flashing or assault, are a daily, global reality for women and LGBTQ individuals, they are rarely reported, and are culturally accepted as ‘the price you pay’ for being a woman, gay, or appearing different.
Hollaback! is a movement to end street harassment powered by local activists in 45 cities, 16 countries, and in 9 different languages around the world.
Don't just walk on, Hollaback! Hollaback! targets street harassment at its source, not with brawn but with brains: mobile technology will help girls and women individuals safely report harassment and assault from their phones. Experiences and photos will be mapped and available publicly online.
Hollaback! targets street harassment at its source, not with brawn but with brains: mobile technology will help girls and women individuals safely report harassment and assault from their phones. Experiences and photos will be mapped and available publicly online.
Don't accept sexual harassment in public spaces---Hollaback! instead. Comments from "You’d look good on me" to groping, flashing, and assault, are a daily reality for women and LGBT individuals around the world. Street harassment is rarely reported to authorities due to its social acceptance and stigma. As a result, street harassment is invisible to policymakers and the public, leaving women and LGBT individuals disempowered and perpetrators held unaccountable.
Don't just walk on, Hollaback! Hollaback! targets street harassment at its source, not with brawn but with brains: mobile technology will help women and LGBT individuals safely report harassment and assault from their phones. Experiences and photos will be mapped and available publicly online.