Fighting for Women's Equality

Featured Events

ERA’s 45th Annual Gala Luncheon

June 14, 2019

Save the date! Join us June 14 for our 45th annual Gala Luncheon!  Click here for more information. 


An Afternoon of Title IX Training: Part 2 of our Pro Bono Attorneys Network Training

April 26, 2019 

Join ERA’s team for an afternoon of training and expertise on Title IX and survivor-centered legal advocacy. Learn about our Pro Bono Attorneys Network and this ever changing and extremely urgent area of law from attorney advocates, on-campus faculty experts, and Title IX litigators. CLE credit is available for all portions of this training. Click here for more information.

  • San Francisco Law Library, 1145 Market St., 4th Floor, San Francisco
  • 11:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
  • Happy hour at ERA’s offices to follow, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.



How Do You Own Your Space? An ERA StoryShare Event 

May 4, 2019 

Stories are powerful. They can build movements and spark change. We would love to hear your story. How do you own your space, at work, school or elsewhere? Do you have an ah-ha! moment about how you turned a vulnerability because of your gender (or gender identity) into empowerment? Or a story of how you shared space to make room for women or girls?

We invite you to join us for a unique event of story sharing and having meaningful conversations about our lived experiences and gender politics with like minded people, while spending time with your favorite gender justice organization, Equal Rights Advocates!

Event Details

  • Saturday, May 4, 2019
  • 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, open house
  • OakStop, 274 14th Street, Oakland, CA (Elihu Meeting Suite and Lionel Meeting Suite)
  • Parking: Ample street parking (metered);  5 parking lots within walking distance
  • Public Transit: 2-3 blocks from the 12th Street BART station

Guests can share stories in multiple ways (all optional):

  • Filmed one-on-one conversations with a new or old friend. You’ll ask each other suggested questions about how you own your space and power as a woman or nonbinary person, and how you create room for others to do the same. These conversations will be filmed and potentially shared publicly later. 
  • StoryShare Circle, where we’ll explore suggested topics and answer guided questions in a larger group, mostly around the theme of how we own our power, and how we can help others do the same. Also filmed.
  • The Story Wall, where you can write your answers to the above questions and prompts and share them without being filmed.
  • Ready for your close up? A personal little photoshoot will be available for each interested participant, to help ERA capture the face and power of our movement


Bring a friend! Send them registration link:

We look forward to seeing you! Questions? Email Delia Coleman:


Events Featuring ERA Staff

April 19, 2019

Northern CA Grantmakers: Racial & Social Equity in Communications

ERA Deputy Director Delia Coleman will speak on a panel about Racial and Social Equity in Communications. Social sector communications, at our best, simultaneously reflect and advance racial and social equity. This requires us to understand our own relationship to race, power and privilege.  Part one of this session focuses on your individual role. As mid-career professionals, how do you navigate power and privilege in your institution? How do you manage your own experience with the ways you are vulnerable and the ways you hold power. Part two, focuses on the ways you communicate racial and social equity through the voice of your foundation and its programs. We’ll include a deep dive into navigating white-led organizations.

Outcomes: Identifying and navigating obstacles to bringing your full and authentic self to the work; Addressing equity from a communications perspective; Communications models drawn from the #MeToo movement and other useful sources; and Practice using Emotional Intelligence (EQ) skillsets.


April 25, 2019

Dismantle the Patriarchy: A Fireside Chat with Noreen Farrell, Executive Director of Equal Rights Advocates

What keeps structural sexism in place today? How can we dismantle the patriarchy in the #MeToo world? ERA Executive Director Noreen Farrell and Outten & Golden Partner Jahan Sagafi will touch on their work advocating for women and girls by fighting discrimination, harassment, and sexual assault. In conversation with the audience, they will also explore relevant legal regimes, unconscious biases, outdated gender norms, tension between hate speech and free speech, how to REALLY be a good ally, and more. We hope that you will join us as we explore where we are, how we got here, and how to dismantle the patriarchy together.

Hosted by the Bay Area Chapter of the American Constitution Society, the Fireside Chat series is a set of laid-back conversations about timely and relevant issues in a progressive legal space.

  • Manny’s, 3092 16th St., San Francisco
  • 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Featuring ERA Executive Director Noreen Farrell
  • Hosted by the American Constitution Society, Bay Area Chapter


Community Events 

May 14, 2019

The Worldwide #MeToo Movement: Global Resistance to Sexual Harassment

On May 14, 2019, legal scholars and practitioner-experts from around the world will gather at Berkeley Law with lawyers and other specialists for an international conference. Their goal? To examine the systemic issues that permit sexual harassment and explore creative solutions developed across the globe to address the problem using the tools of comparative law.

ERA is a partner organization for this conference, which will feature 50 speakers from 20 countries representing six continents. Keynote addresses will come from Catharine MacKinnon (Harvard Law and Michigan Law professor, and scholar-activist who invented the term “sexual harassment” and defined it as a form of sex discrimination and a violation of civil rights); Saru Jayaraman (of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United and the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley); and Purna Sen of the United Nations. Workshop topics will include the role of litigation in finding solutions to harassment, the role of law reform in finding solutions to harassment, the role of social media, and the due process rights of complainants and respondents. This is an opportunity for practicing lawyers, activists and legal scholars to exchange ideas and find common ground in addressing the problem of sexual harassment and violence.

  • UC Berkeley School of Law, 225 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA3092 16th St., San Francisco
  • Hosted by the Berkeley Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law Study Group and Berkeley Law Executive Education
  • Learn more or Register


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