How Donald Trump’s Success Produced Bill O’Reilly’s Downfall

(The Atlantic)
“But, as Shaunna Thomas, the co-founder of Ultraviolet, a women’s rights organization that led protests against O’Reilly as recently as this week, pointed out: “It’s worth noting that he’s been a problem—a known sexual predator—for decades.”
Thomas explained that the issue of sexual harassment is now prominent in a way it has not been—ever—in part thanks to the president himself.  “Ultraviolet launched in 2012,” she recalled, “and it was hard to even name sexism as a real problem without getting real pushback, even on the left.”
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Bill O’Reilly Allegedly Leaving Fox Is The Latest Way That Women’s Groups Have Resisted — And Won

(Bustle)

Ultraviolet, a women’s rights group, was one of the leading voices in organizing women across the country to call for O’Reilly’s resignation. The group coordinated a demonstration outside of Fox News studios, and promoted a petition to the network that gained over 480,000 signatures. The group voiced their concerns in an open letter to Fox. An excerpt touches on the national impact of not holding men accountable.

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Bill O’Reilly Out at Fox News as Critics Vow ‘This Isn’t Over’

(NBC News)

The group that organized that protest, Ultraviolet, announced Wednesday that it will continue to place pressure on the network.

“Fox News’ problem with sexual harassment and assault is way bigger than just Bill O’Reilly,” said Ultraviolet co-founder Shaunna Thomas. “For years, Fox News executives, like Bill Shine, have provided cover for systematic sexual harassment and abuse of Fox New’s employees. From Roger Ailes to Bill O’Reilly, Fox News has consistently failed to provide a workplace safe from sexual harassment and abuse — and that’s a big problem.”

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WOMEN PLAN PROTEST AGAINST FOX NEWS’S BILL O’REILLY OVER SEXUAL HARASSMENT CLAIMS

(Newsweek)

The women’s rights group Ultraviolet is spearheading a demonstration Tuesday for Fox News to remove one of its hosts, Bill O’Reilly, from the air. The rally follows recent disclosures that the network and the 67-year-old anchor paid millions of dollars to women claiming he had sexually assaulted them during their employment at the conservative news outlet.

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Women’s Group to Demand Fox News Fire Bill O’Reilly at New Protest

(Variety)

“Fox News has a problem with sexual assault – and it’s bigger than just Bill O’Reilly,” said Shaunna Thomas, co-founder of UltraViolet. “For years, Fox News executives have provided cover for Bill O’Reilly’s systematic harassment and abuse of other Fox New’s employees – making it hard to take their promises to investigate such crimes seriously. Fox News needs to prove to the public – and its advertisers – that the era of covering up sexual assault is over. That means – firing Bill O’Reilly immediately and conducting a comprehensive and independent investigation into sexual abuse at the network – firing anyone involved in, or complicit in covering up, those crimes.”

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The L.P.G.A. Tour and Donald Trump: It’s Complicated

(The New York Times)

Shaunna Thomas, the co-founder of UltraViolet, a national group assembled to fight sexism and expand women’s rights, said her organization failed to see the upside of any professional women’s sports league aligning itself with Trump.

“I’ve been playing golf all my life, I’m very familiar with how deeply ingrained sexism is in the game,” Thomas said in a telephone interview. “It’s upsetting. People who aren’t fans think it’s such an easy decision for the U.S.G.A. and the L.P.G.A. to make to avoid controversy.”

She added: “The question really is, do the U.S.G.A. and L.P.G.A. want to be on the right side of history? If the U.S.G.A. wants to stay relevant to a younger generation of golfers, they’re going to have to take a look at their decision. This is an opportunity to send a clear signal to women, people of color and people with disabilities that they stand on the side of inclusiveness.”

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#DumpTrump protesters asked to leave LPGA’s Bank of Hope Founders Cup

(ESPN)

Members of the group UltraViolet protested for less than 30 minutes before they were asked to leave the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. A plane flew over the course later with a banner reading “LPGA: TAKE A MULLIGAN. DUMP SEXIST TRUMP.”

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Andrew Puzder’s Downfall Is The First Big Win For Women In The Trump Era

(Huffington Post)

Women’s groups have been relentless in voicing their opposition to Puzder’s nomination.

“He will be bad for women, bad for workers, and bad for women who work,” Ultraviolet, a national women’s advocacy organization, said when Trump announced his pick for labor secretary. “Good riddance,” the group said Wednesday in a statement.

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‘ABORTION ACCESS MORE POPULAR THAN TRUMP’ Banner Flies During March for Life

(Broadly)

To underscore the reality that was distorted on the ground, UltraViolet, a national women’s organization, commissioned a plane to fly a banner near the march. “ABORTION ACCESS MORE POPULAR THAN DONALD TRUMP,” it read. The group also took out an ad in a free local paper to remind the marchers that 70 percent of Americans support abortion access.

“We know that Donald Trump cares about his approval ratings and doesn’t care about facts. So here is a fact he, and those who will be marching today, will especially hate—abortion access is more popular than Donald Trump,” said Shaunna Thomas, co-founder of UltraViolet, in a statement. “To drive this point home, we’re launching this campaign and timing the launch to today’s march. Like the small number of Americans who support Trump, Americans who support taking away women’s freedom to choose are not the majority.”

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Trump’s Planned Elimination of Violence Against Women Grants Is Pure Cruelty

(Slate)

“A man with a well-documented history of sexually assaulting women is about to take over the federal government so it is sadly not surprising that he is gutting programs vital to protecting women from violence,” Nita Chaudhary, co-founder of women’s-rights group UltraViolet said in a statement. “With these cuts, Trump is also making it harder for law enforcement to protect women from predators like himself and members of his senior staff.”

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UltraViolet: Jesse Watters Comments About Ivanka Are Yet Another Example of the Culture of Sexual Harassment and Misogyny at Fox News

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Women’s Group to NFL: Exclude Gareon Conley from Draft Pending Investigation Into Rape Allegations

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Women’s Group: 21st Century Fox Needs To Fire Fox News President Bill Shine; Can’t Fix Structural Problems With Him At The Helm

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UltraViolet on Bill O’Reilly’s $25m Pay-Out, Calls for Fox CEO Bill Shine to Be Fired

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UltraViolet on Fox News Firing Bill O’Reilly: This is a Win Against Sexual Predators

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Women’s Group Targets 21st Century Fox Board Members With Online Ad Documenting Stories of Women Harassed by Bill O’Reilly

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PHOTOS & VIDEO: Protest Outside Fox News HQ Demands Network Fire Bill O’Reilly for Sexual Harassment

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TUES 1:30p: Sexual Assault Survivors Lead Protest at Fox News HQ in NYC Demanding Network Fire O’Reilly, Plane and Posters Across NYC Say #DropOReilly

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UltraViolet Renews Online Ads Asking Fox News Employees “Have You Been Sexually Harassed by Bill?”

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