Sexual Harassment PSA Poster
As a continuation of our #86This project, we printed-up these PSA-style posters to help restaurant employees identify sexual harassment in their workplace and understand what to do when it occurs. Using the bold, clear urgency of the classic Heimlich maneuver poster, these posters provide a step-by-step guide to document harassment, report it, and get support.
The poster, designed by Kelli Anderson and Karen Leibowitz (with support from Cherry Bombe), is available for purchase in our shop and launched at the 2018 Cherry Bombe Jubilee in New York. Karen, who came up with the idea for a poster during an Open Conversations dinner hosted by OpenTable CEO Christa Quarles, is the co-owner of The Perennial in San Francisco. She's an author, mom, and one of the original founders of Mission Chinese.
"As a woman restaurateur hearing and reading stories of sexual harassment in restaurants, I felt moved first to empathize and then to strategize," said Karen. "I wondered: What kind of resources do workers need to protect themselves from bad behavior? That was the source of the idea, and as it evolved, I decided to think of it as a hazard like choking; that is, a preventable problem that we should talk about openly, in full color posters, in order to prepare ourselves to overcome it. And then we lucked out working with Kelli Anderson as the designer—she immediately understood the vision and took it in a really great direction."
Kelli, who is based in Brooklyn, is a graphic designer and author who has worked on branding projects for the likes of Russ & Daughters and Momofuku. "I hope that restaurants take advantage of this because it's important for people to know their rights," said Kelli. "There's been so much talk about what to do regarding harassment, and I'm heartened that this is an actual, tangible thing that can make a difference."
You can purchase the poster here.