Trump’s Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta resigned

On July 12, 2019, Trump’s Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced his resignation amid growing pressure from the public and UltraViolet members across the country to step down.

UltraViolet members have been at the forefront of the fight for justice for survivors of sexual assault. And when news broke in late 2018 that Trump’s Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta had handed serial child rapist Jeffrey Epstein a sweetheart plea deal in 2008, UltraViolet members sprang into action to demand accountability. Acosta’s resignation is great news, and it demonstrates that when we come together as a movement, we can take down sexual predators and their enablers, no matter how powerful. See how it happened.

The DNC will require female moderators at every 2020 presidential debate

Women–especially Black women–are voting, organizing, and running for office in record numbers, and it’s time that we ask the debate questions. After weeks of behind-the-scenes pressure from UltraViolet Action members and allies, the Democratic National Committee announced in May 2019 that it will require female moderators at every 2020 presidential debate.

UltraViolet Action asked 2020 Democratic presidential candidates to sign an #AskForWomen pledge to demand that every DNC debate have at least one woman moderator. Shortly after the pledge secured the support of a number of prominent candidates, the DNC made its groundbreaking announcement. Learn more about UltraViolet Action’s work to address sexism in the 2020 election.

RCA Records drops R. Kelly

On January 18, 2019, RCA Records and its parent company Sony Music finally announced that they were cutting ties with RKelly.

The work to hold RKelly accountable for sexual abuse of minors has been a long and harrowing battle for justice for all the Black girls who were disbelieved and made vulnerable to Kelly. This victory is for them. Sony’s decision to finally drop Kelly is in part thanks to UltraViolet members who followed the lead of Black women organizers working for years to #MuteRKelly.We were proud to work alongside leaders of the #MuteRKelly movement, Color of Change, Girls for Gender Equity and more. See what UltraViolet members did.

Former CBS CEO Les Moonves loses his $120M golden parachute

After months of pressure, CBS fired former CEO and sexual abuser Les Moonves for cause and revoked his $120 million severance package in December 2018.

In July, UltraViolet called on CBS’ Board of Directors to fire Les Moonves after a New Yorker article revealed that he sexually harassed at least six women.  UltraViolet commissioned a mobile billboard to circle CBS’ press tour in Los Angeles reading “We Believe the Women Sexually Harassed and Assaulted by Leslie Moonves – Why Doesn’t CBS?”. Just one week before CBS made the announcement, we partnered with NOW-NYC to hold a protest outside of CBS’s shareholder meeting to demand they take away Moonves’ golden parachute.

This is a huge victory for survivors of sexual assault everywhere. This decision shows that across corporate America, the tides are turning, and the new norm is that if you abuse women, you will lose your job and your golden parachute.

The Senate Allows Newborns on the Senate Floor

The Senate voted unanimously for Senator Duckworth‘s bill that modernizes the Senate’s anti-mother rules and will allow new parents to bring their infants to the Senate floor. More than 80,000 UltraViolet members joined MomsRising to support Senator Duckworth’s fight, thousands called their senators, and members delivered petition signatures and jumbo baby bottles to seven Senate Rules Committee members. This historic win sets a precedent for working parents, especially mothers–from now on, new parents in the Senate won’t have to miss votes to care for their babies.

 

The Atlantic’s new racist, sexist writer–Kevin Williamson–is fired

Let’s be clear: This is due to UltraViolet members speaking out, along with writer Jessica Valenti and our allies at NARAL Pro-Choice America and Media Matters for America. That includes the more than 25,000 UltraViolet members who signed a petition for him to be fired and more than 1,000 members who wrote a letter to editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg, who made the final decision to terminate Williamson on April 5, 2018. UltraViolet members also tweeted at him and The Atlantic‘s president and executive editor to pour on even more pressure. When we refuse to stand for a media that normalizes abortion stigma, racism, rape culture, and transphobia, we can win.

Steve Wynn resigns as CEO and Chairman of Wynn Resorts

After news broke that billionaire casino mogul and former RNC finance chair Steve Wynn sexually abused dozens of employees for over a decade, 35,000 UltraViolet members quickly demanded that Wynn Resorts fire Wynn and hundreds called Wynn resorts. Wynn used his position to harass and coerce hospitality workers, including manicurists and massage therapists, in an industry already filled with rampant sexual harassment. Wynn’s resignation sends an important message to men everywhere: You can and will be held accountable for your actions no matter how powerful you are.

Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon Resigns

Under pressure from Michigan State University (MSU) students, Michigan leaders, survivors, and tens of thousands of UltraViolet members, MSU President Lou Anna Simon resigned for her complicity in Larry Nassar’s abuse.

Former USA gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar worked at MSU when he sexually abused 150 girls over three decades, and at least 14 university officials knew and ignored reports of his abuse. Tens of thousands of UltraViolet members signed a petition demanding Simon’s resignation, and hundreds called and tweeted at the university in a matter of days. In advance of a planned demonstration, Simon resigned. When we work together, we can hold enablers of a abuse accountable. 

 

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