Newsletter

Stay up to date with the latest from MAKERS delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up for new stories from trailblazing women, a big dose of inspiration, and exclusive MAKERS content.

Newsletter Confirmation

Thank you for joining! Please check your inbox for our special welcome letter
with exclusive updates from MAKERS.

MAKERS Moment

The Kindness of One Teacher

The Kindness of One Teacher

More From Erin

In this video

Brockovich talks about the one teacher she had growing up who understood she was smart but had a learning disability and needed to be tested in a different way. 

Erin's Biography

Born and Raised: Lawrence, Kansas
First Job Out of School: Management trainee for K-Mart
Book Smart or Street Smart: "Oh. Street smart. Hands down."
Diplomatic or Direct: "I'd like to say diplomatic. I don't know... Direct."

Erin Brockovich is an environmental activist and former legal clerk who spearheaded the largest direct action lawsuit of its kind against Pacific Gas and Electric Company of California. Her story, how she stopped at nothing to construct the case, and her unflinching spirit became familiar to millions with the 2000 feature film Erin Brockovich.
 
Raised in Lawrence, Kansas by parents who taught her about “stick-to-it-iveness,” Brockovich learned to work through her dyslexia and avoid being boxed in by her learning disability. She earned an associate’s degree in applied arts, moved to California and found herself in and out of jobs as a single mother of three.
 
And then, a great misfortune turned into the most significant chapter of her career. After being seriously injured in a car accident, Brockovich hired Masry & Vititoe to represent her. They won such a tiny settlement that Brockovich lobbied the attorneys hire her so she could earn a living. While working as a file clerk organizing papers for a pro bono real estate case, she discovered troubling medical records that would lead her and Ed Masry to pursue a class action lawsuit against PG&E for knowingly contaminating the ground water near a Hinkley, California plant with toxic hexavalent chromium.
 
After years of research and court battles, in 1996, Brockovich watch as PG&E was forced to pay out the largest toxic tort injury settlement in US history: $333 million in damages to more than 600 Hinkley residents.
 
After the success of the Erin Brockovich movie, Brockovich has become a household name and icon of “stick-to-it-iveness.” She has hosted two television series “Challenge America With Erin Brockovich” and “Final Justice With Erin Brockovich” and wrote the New York Times best seller, “Take It From Me. Life’s A Struggle, But You Can Win.”
 
Brockovich is currently President of Brockovich Research & Consulting and continues to fight for the “1,900 Hinkleys” worldwide.

Related Videos

Marian Wright Edelman
Marian Wright Edelman
Founder, Children's Defense Fund

Marian Wright Edelman is a renowned activist who has been fighting for the rights of children for the last 40 years. Through the Children’s Defense Fund that she established ...

Amanda Haas
Amanda Haas
Food Educator

Amanda Haas is a cookbook author, recipe tester, and Founder of One Family One Meal, a website which provides free recipes, menu plans, and shopping lists for families. After a few...

Diem Brown
Diem Brown
Cancer Survivor and Entrepreneur

Diem Brown’s battle with ovarian cancer was caught on camera while she was a cast member on MTV’s Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Fresh Meat. Through this experience, ...

Dr. Susan Love
Dr. Susan Love
Breast Cancer Pioneer

Educated in Puerto Rico, Mexico City, New York and Boston, Susan Love was already a pioneer when, in 1980, she became the first female General Surgeon on the staff of Boston’...