SEPTEMBER 2018 - POLITICO
In a letter to Congressional leadership, Purple Campaign President Ally Coll Steele joined six other former congressional staffers, who have come forward about experiencing sexual harassment while they worked in Congress, in asking lawmakers to finalize Congress’s sexual harassment bill. Read the full article here.
“We hoped that our experiences — and those of many more who remain nameless — would spur Congress to fundamentally reform the deeply flawed system it now uses to address claims of harassment and discrimination,” the former aides wrote in a letter sent Thursday. “But it has been nearly one year since the #MeToo movement shed needed light on the prevalence of harassment and assault in our workplaces and yet no legislation has become law. We are dismayed and disheartened by Congress’s failure to act and take care of its own.”
SEPTEMBER 2018 - CNN
In an open letter to Senate and House leadership, seven ex-congressional staffers, including Purple Campaign President Ally Coll Steele, urged lawmakers to complete long-stalled sexual harassment legislation on Capitol Hill. Read the full article here.
SEPTEMBER 2018 - HUFFINGTON POST
Purple Campaign President Ally Coll Steele and six other former congressional aides urge leaders on Capitol Hill to act on their stalled efforts to reform the legislative body’s procedures for handling sexual misconduct claims. Read the full article here.
June 2018 - law360
Purple Campaign Legal Fellow Isabel Finley discusses the critical role law schools play in holding employers accountable to their sexual harassment policies. Read the full article here.
June 2018 - the Wing, Washington d.C.
Purple Campaign President Ally Coll Steele hosts a discussion on #MeToo and the current fight for reform with Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17), Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA-14), #MeTooNatSec Leader Jenna Ben-Yehuda, PBS News Hill Correspondent Lisa Desjardins, and former Hill staffer and reform advocate Anna Kain.
JUNE 2018 - Roll Call
Purple Campaign President Ally Coll Steele sits down with Roll Call to discuss how the Purple Campaign is working to end workplace sexual harassment through action, education and elections.
“I just felt strongly that this moment was an opportunity for real, substantial policy change,” Steele said of the #MeToo movement. “I was concerned that it may become just a moment of awareness-raising and wanted to ensure that it turned into a moment where we saw workplace policy change and also public policy change come out of it.”Read full article here.
JUNE 2018 - The Hill
In the wake of the Supreme Court's latest pro-arbitration ruling, Purple Campaign President Ally Coll Steele and North Carolina Deputy Solicitor General Ryan Park say legislation that would end forced arbitration agreements for sexual misconduct claims should be next on Congress’s #MeToo agenda.
"And because the Supreme Court stands poised to stymie state-level solutions, Congress is the only entity that can fully address the problem. This legislation should be next up on Congress’s #MeToo agenda." Read full article here.
may 2018 - PBS Newshour
#MeToo & Sexual Harassment Reform in Congress
Purple Campaign President Ally Coll Steele discusses #MeToo and sexual harassment reform in Congress with PBS Newshour. Watch the Full Program
"I was really moved by what the House did in January. As a former Hill Staffer, I was a little cynical about Congress's ability to quickly get things done -- but they did. They responded really quickly to this moment and with a bill that makes a lot of really important changes. It's been dismaying to see it held up in the Senate for so long."
april 2018 - adweek
Purple Campaign President Ally Coll Steele discusses #MeToo's culture of silence with Adweek :
“Until recently, this systemic problem was kept in the shadows by a legal regime that exacerbated the very power imbalances that allow harassment to occur in the first place." Read Full Article.
MARCH 2018 - LAW 360
"Ally Coll Steele, co-founder of the nonprofit Purple Campaign aimed at ending workplace sexual harassment, said she believes Munger Tolles’ leaked document and the swift social media pressure placed on it and other legal industry players is the closest event to a #MeToo moment that the legal world has faced."
“To see that begin organically and to have such a quick response from a major law firm...sends a big message to other law firms that they need to begin looking at their policies,” Steele said. Read Full Article
MARCH 2018 - THe BATTERY, SAN FRANCISCO
Purple Campaign cofounder, Jessica Patterson joins Airbnb General Counsel Rob Chesnut in a conversation on the #MeToo movement and how companies, business leaders and employees can create change in the workplace. Watch Full Program
February 2018 - Philadelphia CNN-News affiliate WFMZ-TV, The American Law Journal
Philadelphia CNN-News affiliate WFMZ-TV, The American Law Journal presents “Workplace Sexual Harassment in the #MeToo/Weinstein Era.” Christopher Naughton welcomes former Boies Schiller attorney Ally Coll Steele, founder of The Purple Campaign, who joins the conversation via satellite from Washington DC. Watch Full Program
February 2018 - LAW360
Even if the council does not have the authority to review the complaints against Judge Kozinski, it has an obligation to investigate the actions and policies that may have enabled the alleged misconduct to go on for years, according to Ally Coll Steele, cofounder and president of the Purple Campaign, a new nonprofit aimed at ending workplace sexual harassment. "To the extent there is any question about whether the judicial branch has the authority to conduct such an investigation, Congress should take action to remedy that," Steele said. Read Full Article
JANUARY 2018 - The American Lawyer
Just a week after leaving her position as a litigation associate at Boies Schiller Flexner in Washington, D.C., Alexandra “Ally” Coll Steele announced her new gig in a piece she wrote for The Washington Post on Jan. 25. In doing so, Steele added her voice to a growing chorus of women coming together to fight systemic workplace sexual harassment. Steele, in tandem with former London School of Economics and Political Science classmate Jessica Patterson, has now launched a new nonprofit called The Purple Campaign. Read Full Article
JANUARY 2018 - The Washington Post
Last week, almost exactly a year after Donald Trump was sworn in as our 45th president, I left my job at the prestigious law firm Boies Schiller Flexner. At first blush, Trump’s administration appears to have little to do with the firm founded 20 years ago by a well-known champion of progressive causes who represented Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore during the 2000 recount. But for me, the two have become inextricably connected. Read Full Article