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Linda Meric
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Linda Meric is Executive Director of 9to5, National Association of Working Women, an inclusive multi-racial membership-based organization founded in 1973 to strengthen the ability of low-income women to win economic justice through grassroots organizing and policy advocacy.

Under Linda’s leadership, 9to5 has won important victories on minimum wage, good jobs, work-family, anti-discrimination, pay equity, welfare, child care and other issues affecting low-income women. Linda has spent more than 30 years as a labor and community organizer. She also serves as an adjunct professor specializing in sexual harassment and other workplace issues.

Linda was a member of the 2007 Governor's Colorado Pay Equity Commission, serves in the leadership of several state and national policy coalitions, and has received several awards for her work with and on behalf of low-income women, including the "Be Bold" Award 2007 presented by the Women's Foundation of Colorado and the 2009 Advancing Equality Award presented by the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado. She is a member of the National Board of Directors of the American Forum, a progressive media organization.

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President Obama Takes Executive Action for Equal Pay: Now It's Time for Congress to Do Its Part

(10) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 7:03 PM

9to5 applauds President Obama's two executive actions aimed at ending pay discrimination against women and people of color. The president is expected to sign the executive orders during an event at the White House on April 8 for Equal Pay Day, a day which women's rights advocates recognize...

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Fair Pay for Women Starts With a Fair Minimum Wage

(2) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 5:44 PM

It's time for jobs that boost women, families and communities. Women are now the primary or co-breadwinners in two-thirds of American households and more women are working today than ever before. So, when women do well, our economy does well.

Increasing the minimum wage is one step that...

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Paid Leave Keeps Women in Their Jobs and That's Good for the Economy

(2) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 2:42 PM

February 5 marks the 21st anniversary of the signing of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). At the time, FMLA was a groundbreaking law -- a great first step toward ensuring that we can all succeed at being both breadwinners and caregivers. The law has been used more than

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Yes, We Can! 40 Years of Winning Justice for Working Women

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 6:26 PM

The year was 1973. Women were starting to make great strides. Roe v. Wade made abortion a constitutional right; Captain Emily Howell Warner became the first female pilot hired by a U.S. commercial airline; and Bobby Riggs lost to Billie Jean King in the tennis match dubbed "The Battle of...

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Why I Got Arrested in Washington, D.C.

(13) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 11:07 AM

I was arrested on Thursday, September 12, 2013, in Washington, D.C., with 104 other women, partly because I am a mother and grandmother. I have that unwavering instinct that mothers possess to want to protect our children, work to put food on the table and do what's necessary to ensure...

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Restaurant Industry Shortchanges Working Mothers: Child Care and the Third Shift

(12) Comments | Posted July 10, 2013 | 10:29 AM

According to a new report "The Third Shift: Child Care Needs and Access for Working Mothers in Restaurants," released today by Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, 9to5 and others, female restaurant workers pay penalties for both gender and motherhood. Despite representing one of the largest segments of the U.S. economy and...

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Stop the Blame Game: We Can Create an Economy That Works for All

(9) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 4:21 PM

Bridget Piggery, a single mother of four, was a restaurant server at Applebee's making minimum wage at $2.33 an hour. Unable to afford the basics like rent or transportation, she was forced to move in with her mother. "I was a good server, I worked hard, I worked double shifts...

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50 Years After the Equal Pay Act, Women Are Still Fighting for Equality

(7) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 2:17 PM

Sara*, a veteran of the armed forces, worked her way up from secretary to sales representative for a construction supply company. After winning more than $1 million in contracts for her employer, she was surprised that she hadn't received a commission like her male co-workers. When she asked her supervisor...

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Paid Sick Days Movement Heats Up

(3) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 10:33 AM

Patricia, a home health care aide from Colorado, attended to a man who is quadriplegic. When Patricia came down with food poisoning, her life unraveled. Her condition progressed to pneumonia caused from the vomit that spilled into her lungs. When her temperature spiked to 104 degrees, she took three days...

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17 Million Women Are Owed a Raise: 9to5 Supports the Fair Minimum Wage Act

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 3:17 PM

On International Woman's Day, March 8, women throughout the world will celebrate our achievements -- recognizing how far we've come. It's true that we've made a lot of progress. A few women like Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Google CEO Marissa Mayer have shattered the glass ceiling and shot to...

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FMLA Anniversary: Celebrating 20 Years of Strengthening Families

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 4:02 PM

Anyone with common sense would agree that healthy families are essential to a robust economy. That's why it's worth celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Family Medical Leave Act on February 5; one of the most significant advances for working families in our nation's history. In 1993, FMLA transformed the...

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The Fiscal Cliff, Bah Humbug: It's Time Congress Redeems Itself

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 11:21 AM

The holidays are upon us - a time to make merry and spread good cheer. But there is a more contemplative side to this season as well - a time for self-reflection and for thinking of others who need our help.

I hope that Congress is practicing the latter...

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Expanding Opportunity Means a Stronger Workforce, Economy and Country

(10) Comments | Posted November 9, 2012 | 9:43 AM

What makes America's workforce strong and our economy globally competitive?

Our economy and our country do better when all of us have a fair chance at the American Dream, an opportunity to recognize and fulfill our potential. To make that dream a reality, our nation's colleges and universities must have...

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Binders Full of Women Come Up Empty

(5) Comments | Posted October 19, 2012 | 12:10 PM

The equation couldn't be easier. Women represent more than half of the electorate and nearly half the workforce. So you'd think that President Obama and Governor Romney, vying to win the women's vote, would focus on pay equity and its direct link to a healthy economy. But no, it took...

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Golden Opportunity for the National Restaurant Association to Do the Right Thing

(2) Comments | Posted November 17, 2011 | 4:17 PM

Reporters, pundits and even voters are talking about reports that Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain allegedly sexually harassed at least four women during his tenure as CEO of the National Restaurant Association (NRA). Two received settlements from the NRA equal to their entire year's salary in return for signing a...

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Sexual Harassment Persists 20 Years After Clarence Thomas Hearings

(3) Comments | Posted October 19, 2011 | 11:22 AM

In October 1991, Long Dong Silver and pubic hair on a can of Coke were subjects introduced to the American public via Anita Hill's testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee considering Clarence Thomas' nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. That hearing was the first time many women --...

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Debt Negotiations Threaten Colorado's Future

(0) Comments | Posted August 3, 2011 | 1:49 PM

So what are our national spending priorities anyway? Save lives or save money for the rich? Feed hungry children or subsidize the oil and gas industry? Stop buying ineffective military equipment or stop paying for education and job training? These questions are at the heart of the debate over reducing...

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Attacking Wisconsin's Middle Class

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2011 | 12:50 PM

Media coverage of Madison's thousands of demonstrators has focused on Governor Scott Walker's attempt to strip public employees of collective bargaining rights. Members of 9to5, Association of Working Women, have stood with those calling for fairness for working families. But it's clear that governor and conservative state legislators' agenda is...

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Lame Duck Congress: Don't Let Unemployment Benefits Expire

(7) Comments | Posted November 17, 2010 | 1:38 PM

There was good news for our flailing economy from the Bureau of Labor Statistics this month. More than 150,000 jobs were added in the United States in October and private sector payrolls grew by 159,000.

But there was some news that didn't change: unemployment held steady at 9.6 percent. Almost...

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For Our Daughters' Sakes, Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2010 | 1:46 PM

The much heralded and hotly contested mid-term elections are done. The ballot questions have been decided and the candidates are either grateful because they pulled out a win or gloomy because they didn't. Either way, it's time to move on.

It's time now to pass the Paycheck Fairness...

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