Gloria Allred has been accused of winning important victories for victims of harassment while simultaneously cheapening harassment as a concept. She's represented female farmworkers, female prisoners, a woman sexually abused by priests, and female marines. But she's also fought for Octomom, two of Tiger Woods' former mistresses, and a woman who sought to look like "tits on a stick." To Allred, who may be the most famous active lawyer in the US, there's no difference. "Allred sees these women as victims of male entitlement who are seeking the justice they deserve," the New Yorker reports in a fascinating profile. "[But] other people see them in the same way they might see Allred: craven, self-interested, and vaguely in bad taste."
The New Yorker looks at Allred's tireless pursuit of justice and advocacy for her clients—she has no hobbies, doesn't drink, skips caffeine, doesn't date, hasn't taken a vacation in three decades, works weekends, and doesn't cook ("If I cook, I could be helping someone else during that time")—through what she calls "creative lawyering." She seizes the media spotlight—essentially appearing in the news every day—to get coverage for victims. A friend says the catalyzing moment in Allred's life was not being raped at gunpoint in a motel room in 1966, but after the fact when a nurse told her "This will teach you a lesson" while she was bleeding in the hospital following an illegal abortion. “Each one of us has the responsibility of turning a negative experience into a positive experience,” Allred says. Read the full profile here for more on Allred and her crusades against Bill Cosby and President Trump. (Read more Longform stories.)