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On Wednesday, June 14 we gathered at our annual Gala Luncheon to celebrate 43 incredible years of fighting for gender justice. Over 1,000 supporters and partners came together at the San Francisco Hilton to celebrate our 2017 Gender Justice Honorees (Ghada Saliba-Malouf, Kelly Dermody, Women's March Bay Area Organizers, Alliance for Girls, Coach Shellie Onstead and the U.C. Berkeley Women's Field Hockey Team), hear from Champion of Justice Monique Morris, and listen to keynote speaker Melissa Harris-Perry. 

See all of the photos from the event here. 

Throughout the day, we asked the crowd to remember the collective power we felt at the January Women's March - the feeling that when we stand united for our values, we can produce real change. In that spirit, we showed a short video highlighting the march and the young women we draw inspiration from to continue marching. And as guests raised their hands to invest in our work, we asked them to share who they march for. These are just a handful of their answers:

 

I AM MARCHING FOR… 

For my sister and niece who are changing the world! 

My daughter Ashley so together we can fight for equality for all people 

I’m marching for my mother, my daughter, and my son. I am marching for justice. 

Next generation of girls, including my 2 daughters, Isabelle and Francesca. To keep them safe at work, and everywhere else! 

The women who came before and the women who come next. 

I march so my two young boys know a world where their female classmates and cousins are valued and respected and bad-ass! 

I march for my nieces—they have to have it better than I do. I march for the women who raised me and instill a strong sense of pride in me. I will not succumb to the ills imposed in this time, will not let them down.  

My 92 year old grandmother Almary Hart who has a 6th grade education and was a share cropper in Mississippi before coming to California and creating amazing opportunities for us! 

I march for my mama, sisters, daughter, nieces, and all women! We matter!  

Thank you to everyone who made the event a success! We look forward to working with champions and partners over the next year to support working families, foster strong girls, and protect our communities. 

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Kamala Harris. Elizabeth Warren. Women on the Board of Directors at Uber. You know what we’re talking about – women being interrupted by men who feel threatened that their power and influence are at risk if strong women are given an equal seat in the Senate or the boardroom.

And the story we want to tell you today – about the passage of one of the most progressive public school K-12 sexual harassment policies in the nation by the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) – is about what happens when people in power listen to girls.  

Today, we want to give a shout out to the members of the OUSD Board of Education. The directors listened to the experiences of girls in the Oakland schools and passed a policy, written by the staff of ERA and partners at Alliance for Girls, that will protect girls and provide them the opportunity for a safe and equal educational experience. Learn more about this project and why it's so important.

What happened? On Wednesday, June 14 the school board unanimously adopted the new policy. There is much work to be done in terms of implementation and follow-up, but there are many reasons to celebrate, including the hope that this policy will serve as a model for school districts around the Bay Area, the state, and the country.  

Why does this matter? Sharing power with girls (and women) gets us one step closer to a world where girls and women become decision makers – rather than merely those about whom decisions are made. 

Now what? Our action today is in the form of a thank you to Oakland Board of Education members, including Directors Jumoke Hinton-Hodge (District 3) and Aimee Eng (District 2), who both sponsored the policy before the board. We’d like you to email Jumoke, Aimee, and their colleagues and thank them for listening to the lived experiences girls and, by doing so, doing the right thing for all the students of Oakland.

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Central to ERA’s mission is the mentorship of the next generation of legal advocates. As a part of that goal, we welcome law clerks each year who assist with research and legal projects, and staff our Advice & Counseling helpline. This summer we are very excited to welcome three law clerks who share ERA’s passion for social justice.

Amy Maurer is a second-year law student at Harvard Law School. She earned her B.A. in political science and environmental studies at Washington University in St. Louis, graduating with honors. At Harvard, Amy is currently planning a symposium for the Harvard Negotiation Law Review focused on the use of institutional design to benefit women and minorities in the legal profession. She is also on the board of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, and she is an active member of the Women’s Law Association and Law Students for Reproductive Justice. Amy is very excited to be working at ERA this summer, and she is looking forward to learning more about how to be an effective advocate for gender equity in the workplace and education.  

Carly Starkey is a third-year law student at the University of Miami Law School. She grew up in Tampa, Florida and earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s in social work before attending law school. She acted as a social worker in schools, homeless shelters, and as Project Coordinator with the Institute for Family Violence Studies, where she developed trainings on domestic violence and sexual assault for law enforcement officers, medical professionals, and lawyers. At UM Law, Carly has fueled her advocacy efforts into the Environmental Justice Clinic, working on a class action in reaction to widespread contamination in public parks and fighting illegal housing displacement practices. She is also a Miami Public Interest Scholar and a research assistant for Professor Donna Coker, whose scholarship focuses on criminal law, gender and inequality. She previously interned with the ACLU of Florida, where she advocated for transgender rights and criminal justice reform. Carly is grateful for the chance to work with ERA this summer to advocate for systemic change to ensure gender equity in employment and schools. 

Emma Eastwood-Paticchio is a rising second-year law student at Stanford Law School. She is from Ashford, Connecticut and earned her B.A. in English and American Literature from Middlebury College. She then worked as a research analyst at the Office of the Attorney General of New York. Since starting at Stanford Law School, Emma has helped form a new student organization, Stanford Law Students against Gendered Violence, and leads an accompanying pro bono project focused on domestic violence policy work and direct services. She is also the managing editor of the Stanford Technology Law Review, a vice president of student initiatives for the Stanford Public Interest Law Foundation, and a member of the housing pro bono project. Emma has been working to draft a model Title IX policy for colleges and is excited to learn more about gender equality in education this summer at ERA. She is also looking forward to gaining a better understanding of how to increase equal access to economic opportunities and ensure fair wages for all through advocacy and impact litigation.

Please join us in welcoming Amy, Carly, and Emma! 

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Each year, Equal Rights Advocates proudly honors incredible partners and champions for equality and justice at our annual gala luncheon as Gender Justice Honorees.

This year, on Wednesday, June 14, we will celebrate five incredible individuals and organizations who have championed gender justice. Click below to learn more about the passion and work of each honoree:

Ghada Saliba-Malouf

Kelly Dermody

Emma Mayerson and Alliance for Girls

Coach Shellie Onstead the U.C. Berkeley Women's Field Hockey Team

Women's March Bay Area Organizers

 

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On Wednesday, June 14 we gathered at our annual Gala Luncheon to celebrate 43 incredible years of fighting for gender justice. Over 1,000 supporters and partners came together at the San Francisco Hilton to celebrate our 2017 Gender Justice Honorees (Ghada Saliba-Malouf, Kelly Dermody, Women's March Bay Area Organizers, Alliance for Girls, Coach Shellie Onstead and the U.C. Berkeley Women's Field Hockey Team), hear from Champion of Justice Monique Morris, and listen to keynote speaker Melissa Harris-Perry. 

See all of the photos from the event here. 

Throughout the day, we asked the crowd to remember the collective power we felt at the January Women's March - the feeling that when we stand united for our values, we can produce real change. In that spirit, we showed a short video highlighting the march and the young women we draw inspiration from to continue marching. And as guests raised their hands to invest in our work, we asked them to share who they march for. These are just a handful of their answers:

 

I AM MARCHING FOR… 

For my sister and niece who are changing the world! 

My daughter Ashley so together we can fight for equality for all people 

I’m marching for my mother, my daughter, and my son. I am marching for justice. 

Next generation of girls, including my 2 daughters, Isabelle and Francesca. To keep them safe at work, and everywhere else! 

The women who came before and the women who come next. 

I march so my two young boys know a world where their female classmates and cousins are valued and respected and bad-ass! 

I march for my nieces—they have to have it better than I do. I march for the women who raised me and instill a strong sense of pride in me. I will not succumb to the ills imposed in this time, will not let them down.  

My 92 year old grandmother Almary Hart who has a 6th grade education and was a share cropper in Mississippi before coming to California and creating amazing opportunities for us! 

I march for my mama, sisters, daughter, nieces, and all women! We matter!  

Thank you to everyone who made the event a success! We look forward to working with champions and partners over the next year to support working families, foster strong girls, and protect our communities. 

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Celebrating 43 Years of Equal Rights Advocates

June 23, 2017 | by

On Wednesday, June 14 we gathered at our annual Gala Luncheon to celebrate 43 incredible years of fighting for gender justice. Over 1,000 supporters and partners came together at the San Francisco...
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Action Alert: Thank OUSD for Listening to Girls

June 22, 2017 | by

Kamala Harris. Elizabeth Warren. Women on the Board of Directors at Uber. You know what we’re talking about – women being interrupted by men who feel threatened that their power and influence are...
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Welcome to our 2017 Summer Law Clerks

June 21, 2017 | by

Central to ERA’s mission is the mentorship of the next generation of legal advocates. As a part of that goal, we welcome law clerks each year who assist with research and legal projects, and staff...
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Meet our 2017 Gender Justice Honorees

June 13, 2017 | by

Each year, Equal Rights Advocates proudly honors incredible partners and champions for equality and justice at our annual gala luncheon as Gender Justice Honorees. This year, on Wednesday, June...
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