Case Study: Wacu Mureithi (Hollaback! Nairobi) 2 March 2015

Name and Bio:

Wacu Mureithi, 28, is a mother, law graduate and IT administrator currently. She heard of Hollaback! two years ago while talking to a friend about “a really really bad” experience of street harassment she had. He was the one who urged her to get involved with Hollaback!. and she launched Hollaback! Nairobi in January 2015.

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Case Study: Melanie Keller (Hollaback! Baltimore)

Interview Date: 9 March 2015

Name and Bio:

At the time of our interview, Melanie Keller, 27, had only recently moved to Austria to become an au pair. Prior to that she has worked professionally as a crisis counsellor for Baltimore City and Washington DC, and an advocate for victim’s trauma. She is a graduate of gender studies, linguistics and Spanish.

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Case Study: Jill Dimond (Hollaback! Web Developer)

Interview Date: 3 March 2015

Name and Bio:

Jill Dimond, PhD, considers herself a scholar maker and activist. She received her BSE in Computer Science from the University of Michigan. During that time, she “was confronted with a lot of sexism in text spaces” and so her “passion for feminism and technology” began. She started a student organisation for women in computer science.

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Case Study: Genevieve Berrick (Hollaback! LA)

Name and Bio:

Genevieve Berrick is a freelance writer and film producer, who also runs and works for the local roller derby community. She is responsible for reporting roller derby website, but also writes articles relating roller derby to certain queer, feminist issues. Her prior studies include primary school level teaching and interdisciplinary studies on gender, feminism, bodies, affect, biopolitics.

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Case Study: Bryony Beynon (Hollaback! London)

Interview Date: 9 March 2015

Name and Bio:

Bryony Beynon, 29, is the co-founder (along with Julia Grey) of Hollaback! London. Originally from South Wales, she lived in London at the time of our interview. She received her BA in English and Cultural Studies and worked in PR for a time before doing an MA in Cultural Theory. After working for the Arts Council, and volunteering for the East London Rape Crisis centre, she became self-employed in 2013 and work on ‘some of the more potentially self-sustaining aspects of what Hollaback does.’

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Case Study: Ashley Tsai (Who Needs Feminism?)

Date: 18th May 2015

Name and Bio:

Ashley Tsai was 24 at the time of our interview and was one of the 16 students whose class project turned into the popular Who Needs Feminism? campaign. Ashley graduated from Duke University in 2013 with a major in women studies. She now lives in Los Angeles and is a filmmaker and photographer.

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Case Study: Becky Burns (Hollaback!! Montreal)

Interview Date: 1 March 2015

Name and Bio:

Becky Burns, 25, works for the government in Canada. She first heard of Hollaback! through an online article via a feminist site such as Twitter, and has been involved with it for a couple of months as a volunteer. Before this, she has done volunteer work in ‘non- feminist spaces’ and after realising there was a Hollaback! Montreal she decided to get involved with the movement. She is often surprised that they don't get more submissions at Hollaback! Montreal from where she stands there is a huge problem of street harassment in Montreal.

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Case Study: Arpita Bhagat (Hollaback! Mumbai)

Interview Date: 18 March 2015

Name and Bio:

Arpita Bhagat, 27, is a lawyer by profession and a freelancer working on environmental management, for which she also holds a Master’s degree. She collaborates with organisations working on political campaigns on the environment and environmental advocacy, and has previously worked with non- profit organisations on conservation issues.

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Hollaback!

Hollaback!

Background Information:
Founded in 2005 by seven New York City residents, inviting the public share stories of ‘street harassment’ – or the harassment of people in public spaces. Having moved from a blog to a website, it identifies itself not only as an ‘organisation’ but as a ‘movement’ which relies on a network of local activists to ‘better understand harassment, to ignite public conversations, and to develop innovative strategies to ensure equal access to public spaces’ (Hollaback! 2016).

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Julia Gray (Hollaback! London)

Interview Date: 2 March, 2015

Name and Bio:
Julia Gray works fulltime for a charity in Brighton and Hove City providing the region’s domestic abuse service, and for Hollaback! in her spare time. As an art student in her 20s, she came to know Hollaback! when she attended a baseball match with her friend and Hollaback! Executive Director Emily May in New York. She thought Hollaback! was “a very refreshing way of dealing with the problem [of street harassment]”. Prior to Hollaback!, she has volunteered for Rape Crisis, where her Hollaback! partner Bryony also works. After mentioning the Hollaback! project to her they started the blog and set up the London branch.

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Everyday Sexism Project

Everyday Sexism Project

Background Information:
The site was founded in 2012 by a British woman named Laura Bates in response to being told that we live in a world where sexism no longer existed.

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Jenny Dunne (Hollaback! Dublin)

Interview Date: 25 February, 2015

Name and Bio:
Jenny Dunne, 24, is a journalism and French graduate working in the press office of a teachers’ trade union. Other than her involvement with “the usual kind of student protests” as a student she hasn’t had any “major activism experience” prior to her involvement with Hollaback! which describes as “kind of [her] first foray into activism”.

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