Sophie founded Catcalls of NYC in March 2016 and has chalked over 250 catcalls around NYC and elsewhere. She is a senior at NYU studying gender and sexuality. She is passionate about using public art to raise awareness about harassment and in the future, she hopes to teach young people about the affects of these words.
Advocating for catcalling is a passion for Tatiana because women deserve respect and shouldn’t have to live in fear everyday of wearing what they want or of saying or doing anything that could be remotely enticing or upsetting to men. She believes women fought long enough throughout history for our rights and respect but for some reason in 2019 we still have so much more to fight for and that is what gives her the strength everyday to advocate and do chalking as a way to fight back. In her words, “We deserve to be as free as we want to be!”
Jessica Kurtz is a junior at Fordham University where she studies Humanitarian Studies and Philosophy. She is also interested in studying the ethics of public space and the responsibilities we have as individuals to maintain public space as a realm that every person has equal access to and equal opportunity to participate in. She was drawn to the Catcalls of NYC team by a passion to raise awareness about street harassment and now works as our uptown chalker.
Aysesu is a freshman at Fordham University at Lincoln Center. She has always been a supporter of feminism and human rights. Her major is International Studies, and she plans to help and advocate for women and children in developing countries. She also runs the @catcallsofnyc twitter page!
Cameron’s a junior at NYU studying Cultural Anthropology and Gender and Sexuality! She’s originally from Southern California, but NYC was always her dream and she feels like it’s really becoming home to her. In her off time, Cameron hosts a radio show on WNYU and enjoys watching rom-coms and walking around the city with her friends & a headphone splitter. The Catcalls mission is extremely important to her because she constantly encounters people who misunderstand the discomfort and danger that street harassment presents. She feels that this project is a crucial step in shining a light on the aggression that many of us face on the streets daily.
Ray has been an enthusiastic videographer and editor for Catcalls of NYC, shooting as catcalls are being written on the street and editing together the experience of chalking. Since being a part of Catcalls, the videos have made for good discussions in the community, which is all Ray could’ve asked for, as well as answering the question, “What happens to a catcall on the sidewalk?”