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May talks about how and why Hollaback! was founded on a rooftop in 2005.

Emily's Biography

Type A or Easy Going: Type A.  
Patient or Impatient: Impatient. The revolutions got to go down, I don't have time to wait for it.    
Prepare or Cram: Prepare.    
10 Minutes Early or 10 Minutes Late: 10 minutes early.

Emily May is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of New York City-based Hollaback!, an organization which empowers women and LGBTQ folks with an empowered response to street harassment, utilizing a network of local activists around the world to expose incidents and leverage online conversation.
 
She founded the organization in 2005 at the age of 24 as a response to the lack of legislation for public harassment and the high incidents of gender-based violence.
 
Prior to running Hollaback!, Emily worked in the anti-poverty world as a case manager, political action coordinator, director of development, and one-woman research and development team.
 
Emily is the recipient of many awards for her community service including the 2008 Stonewall Women’s Award and the “40 under 40″ award from the New Leadership Council. She has also been named one of thirty “Women Making History” by the Women’s Media Center in 2010, one of “21 leaders for the 21st century” by Women’s E-news, one of 20 women “leading the way” by the Huffington Post, and one of Jezebel’s “25 kick-ass and amazing women we love.”

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