Fighting for Women's Equality

Hello Giggles: Mira Sorvino talks to us about the California anti-sexual harassment bills that could protect working women across the U.S.

August 27, 2018 | by

Hello Giggles ran a feature story about Equal Rights Advocates’ #TakeTheLead bills to end sexual harassment in California.

The article highlights actress Mira Sorvino’s passionate advocacy of the bills, including her direct activism reaching out to California lawmakers, and features many of Equal Rights’ Advocates social media posts, images, and videos.

Executive Director Noreen Farrell is extensively quoted throughout the article.

Noreen Farrell, a lawyer, gender equality advocate, and Executive Director of Equal Rights Advocates, tells me on a phone call, “California is home to 12% of the nation’s women. So what happens here matters in other states.”

It’s simultaneously shocking yet not surprising that these types of laws were not already on the books; it took a movement like #MeToo for the government to take workplace sexual harassment seriously. “The next wave of #MeToo is this policy revolution,” Farrell says.

If California government does the right thing by taking the lead in anti-sexual harassment legislation, it could help fight these injustices across the country. “There are structures in place that not only perpetuate sexual harassment, but profit from the devaluation of women workers. This is about structural change in the laws that govern our workplaces,” Farrell says. “It’s a really important place to be in the movement.”

Read the full story here.


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