The Everyday Sexism Project was created by Laura Bates in 2011 as a response to those who tell women not to complain because "we're equal now." By publishing women's first-hand reports of the prejudice and harrassment they have experienced and continue to experience all over the world, the project proves over and over again that we are still a long, long way off from gender equality. Within the first year, the project had grown to 25,000 entries, and was receiving around 1,000 reports a week.
By using the hashtag #shoutingback, the Project also collected women's stories of harrassment via Twitter. Within five days, the hashtag had amassed 3,500 tweets, building up a body of evidence showing how widespread the problem of harassment really is.