We believe everyone has a voice in this movement, and it's on all of us to work together to create lasting change. We have organized online action campaigns to empower people across America to ask their elected officials to take action to address workplace sexual harassment.
April 2018 - May 2018
#CAANow: Pushing the Senate to Pass the Congressional Accountability Act (CAA)
Our latest action campaign on Congress's #MeToo bill provided people everywhere with digital tools and suggested content to ask their officials to support the bill. After months of stalled negotiations, Congress finally took action because people like us took action first -- but it wasn't easy.
Learn how we pushed the Senate to pass the CAA below.
STEP ONE: Raising THE VOICES OF OVER 1300 FORMER CONGRESSIONAL STAFFERS
Together with our partners at Congress Too, we organized former Congressional staffers to sign a letter addressed to Senate leadership urging reform. As a former Congressional staffer, Purple Campaign President Ally Coll Steele joined over 1300 of her fellow former Hill staffers in asking the Senate to make long overdue changes to the way Congress handles sexual harassment. The letter was delivered to Senate Leadership on April 12th.
step two: pushing senate leadership to act on the CAA
After delivering the Congress Too letter to Senate Leadership, we then people across America to make their voices heard in the fight to end workplace sexual harassment. Through our new online action tool, we empowered our supporters to tweet at Senate Leadership to bring the CAA up for a vote.
step three: making clear that Everyone must weigh in on #CAANow
As of May 2nd, 43 members of the Senate had not yet supported a measure to address sexual harassment reform in Congress. Using our online action tool, our supporters tweeted at Senate Leadership & the 43 remaining members of the Senate to support #CAANow. Through this advocacy, we helped make clear that ending workplace sexual harassment shouldn't be seen as a partisan issue.
step four: Purple Campaign President ally coll Steele shares her story
After over three months of stalled negotiations, Purple Campaign President Ally Coll Steele discussed her own sexual harassment experience on national television, urging Congress to make things better for the next generation of women. Watch the full video here.
step five: asking Senate majority Leader McConnell to bring the CAA up for a vote
When 100 days had passed since the House unanimously passed the CAA and the Senate still failed to act, we asked our supporters to tweet at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to urge him to take swift action on bringing the CAA up for a vote.
the result: the senate passes the CAA, but the fight for reform continues
On May 24th, the Senate unanimously passed the CAA. This is a monumental step in the right direction and represents real progress toward creating lasting change out of the #MeToo movement. However, now that Congress has made progress on cleaning up its own house, it's time for federal lawmakers to turn to addressing the issue across American workplaces.
Here's what you can do now:
1. READ OUR STATEMENT ON THE UNANIMOUS PASSAGE OF THE CONGRESSIONAL ACCOUNTABILITY REFORM ACT EARLIER THIS YEAR. READ NOW
2. TWEET AT YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS TO THANK THEM FOR TAKING ACTION ON CAA, AND ASK THEM TO CONTINUE TO MAKE #METOO A PRIORITY IN CONGRESS. TWEET NOW
3. READ WHAT PURPLE CAMPAIGN PRESIDENT ALLY COLL STEELE THINKS SHOULD BE NEXT UP ON CONGRESS'S #METOO AGENDA. READ NOW
The State of Our Union
To raise awareness about sexual harassment at the State of the Union address, we launched our first grassroots action campaign to engage Members of Congress. Through Twitter, our supporters pushed their lawmakers to take at least one of three steps initially suggested by women in Congress:
1) To wear black; 2) to wear a red pin in honor of Recy Taylor ; or 3) to bring a guest who would raise awareness about sexual harassment.
raising awareness about #MeToo at the state of the union
the result: lawmakers answer our call to action
Members of Congress answered our call to action by using their leadership to raise critical awareness for the systemic problem of workplace sexual harassment. Nearly 46 million people tuned in to watch the State of the Union address. By wearing black, wearing a red pin in honor of Recy Taylor, and bringing a guest, lawmakers gave the #MeToo movement the national spotlight, further giving it the recognition it deserves in this national conversation.
#PledgePurple Letter Campaign
We've organized a letter campaign to spread the word about the Purple Campaign’s mission and ask people to #PledgePurple and commit to taking action to end workplace sexual harassment.