Gender Bias Learning Project

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A project of the Center for WorkLife Law UC Hastings College of the Law

Irma D. Herrera

Irma D. Herrera is the Executive Director of Equal Rights Advocates, a San Francisco-based organization whose mission is to protect and secure equal rights and economic opportunities for women and girls through litigation and advocacy. During its 33 year history ERA’s lawyers have successfully litigated numerous impact cases and greatly expanded opportunities for women. ERA is part the legal team in the on-going battle against Wal-Mart, in the case of Dukes v. Wal-Mart, the largest civil rights class action in which women charge Wal-Mart with systematically denying them equal pay, promotions and training opportunities.

During a three year hiatus from practicing law in the 1980s she taught law and social justice and worked as a freelance journalist. Her articles on legal and cultural issues were published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Newsday, and Ms. Magazine. Irma pursues a dream of someday finding work-life balance so she can enjoy spending more time with her spouse and teenage son, and pursuing her many interests.