66% of women changed their style just to avoid being catcalled.
That’s a statistic from a Cornell study for Hollaback!, an organization (and movement) dedicated to ending street harassment. It’s also an anecdote that really struck a chord with us here at the blog. To think that someone would censor their style — their expression of who they are — to avoid being accosted is at once heartbreaking and frustrating for feminist fashion lovers like us.
What’s more, when we shared that stat with others around the office, it seemed like everyone had a story to tell. From crude encounters on the way to work to all-out physical assaults along neighborhood sidewalks, so many of our lives have been touched by “catcalling” in all its many forms.
Street harassment happens to people of all shapes, sizes, and styles. It’s not “caused” by what you wear, what you don’t wear, or how “pretty” you are. It’s aggressive behavior performed by inconsiderate people who zap your confidence to boost their own. That kind of thinking doesn’t fly with us. And that’s why we’re taking a stand in support of Hollaback!
In honor of National Women’s Equality Day, we’re encouraging our community to share their stories, offer support, and most importantly, know that street harassment is NOT okay and NOT your fault. By raising our voices, we’ll remind each other that street harassment isn’t an acceptable part of culture, or something we have to put up with. Instead, let’s help shine a spotlight on this issue, and help make the streets safe for everyone.
Check out our video (starring real employees from across our Pittsburgh office!), share it with your pals, and be sure to check out Hollaback! for insights, information, and ideas on how you can get involved.
+ Have you experienced street harassment?