2017 Gala Luncheon

Wednesday, June 14th

San Francisco Hilton Union Square

11:15 Registration / Noon Lunch & Program

Keynote Speaker -​ Melissa Harris-​Perry



This year’s Luncheon will celebrate ERA’s decades-​long leadership in the fight to protect and expand economic and educational access and opportunities for women and girls. Through its campaign approach—incorporating public education, legislative advocacy, and litigation—ERA seeks to assist women and girls throughout a life-​long continuum: ensuring equality in their educational experience, combating sex discrimination in the workforce, and advocating for workplaces hospitable to working families.


Founded in 1974, ERA has been a pioneer advancing equality in work and schools for hundreds of thousands of women across the country. From ensuring the passage of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act to arguing seminal gender rights cases before the United States Supreme Court, ERA is known for being the home of visionary leaders, unflinching advocates, and hard-​nosed litigators for justice.


Now more than ever, ERA's work continues to be at the forefront of efforts to affect a sea change for women and girls, and we extend our deepest gratitude to our beloved community for generously supporting ERA’s mission.


Keynote Speaker: Melissa Harris-​Perry



Melissa Harris-​Perry is the Maya Angelou Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University. There she is the Executive Director of the Pro Humanitate Institute and founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center.


Melissa is Editor-​at-​Large at ELLE.com. She hosted the award winning television show “Melissa Harris-​Perry” from 2012-​2016 on weekend mornings on MSNBC.


She is the author of the award-​winning Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought, and Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America.


Harris-​Perry received her B.A. degree in English from Wake Forest University and her Ph.D. degree in political science from Duke University. She also studied theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York. Harris-​Perry previously served on the faculty of the University of Chicago, Princeton University, and Tulane University.