Pamela has spent her entire career advocating for justice for women. Her compassion for survivors is deeply rooted in her own personal experiences with sexual harassment, domestic violence and the criminal justice system. In 1977, Pamela joined the first sexual harassment lawsuit in education and led the fight to define sexual harassment both as an experience and a legal violation. Her case made sexual harassment in education illegal and presaged the #MeToo, #TimesUp and all the movements that followed.
In 2017, Pamela was honored as the Woman of the Year for Assembly District 18 by Assemblymember Rob Bonta and the California Legislative Women’s Caucus for her lifetime of social justice advocacy and service to the people of Alameda County.