Louette Colombano

Former ERA Client

“A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it’s in hot water.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

Louette has been a long time supporter of ERA. In 1985, Equal Rights Advocates supported Louette in sexual harassment case against the San Francisco Police Department, which reached a successful conclusion with a significant settlement. Now, at this pivotal time in history, she looks forward to rolling up her sleeves and continuing the fight for equality.

Louette is currently a member of the steering committee on the Women Donors Network Opportunity and Equality Collective, whose goal is to ensure that all women workers, particularly those who are most vulnerable, are free from sexual harassment, abuse, violence, and inequality in the workplace and have opportunities to succeed and thrive, both economically and personally.

Louette’s personal experience working in traditionally male held jobs since the early 1970’s has given her a birds eye view of the challenges women have faced in the workplace. She was employed by the City & County of San Francisco for over 20 years, and was a Muni Bus Operator and then a San Francisco Police Officer. After retirement, Louette served on the Commission on the Status of Women.

Besides volunteering at various organizations, Louette enjoys golfing, boating, reading, and playing with her new Golden Retriever puppy, Louie.

Read Louette’s story about her 1984 lawsuit with ERA.

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