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9to5 National Action Network Info

History:

The 9to5 Action Network was formed in 1993, in response to the passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act. 9to5 was one of several national organizations that helped pass this landmark bill. We knew that when the law went into effect in July 1993, that many people would have questions about who was covered and how to use this new law.

In addition to training staff and leaders of all chapters, we put out a request (by phone and mail in those pre-internet days) to members across the country, to join a 9to5 Response Team to provide information about this new law to people in their communities. More than 50 members from two dozen states responded! These Response Team members became the first leaders of the 9to5 Action Network.

Accomplishments:

Over the past two decades, 9to5 Action Network members have:

  • Spoken at state and federal legislative hearings
  • Authored dozens of Op Eds and letters to the editor
  • Registered hundreds of voters
  • Participated in Regional and National 9to5 Leadership Conferences
  • Served on the 9to5 National Board
  • Provided local referrals and support to hundreds of Helpline callers from their cities
  • Organized local workshops, meetings and social events for 9to5 members
  • Participated as 9to5 representatives in rallies, marches, press conferences and grassroots lobby days lead by 9to5 coalition partners

Make a difference today by getting involved in 9to5’s Action Network.

The Action Network is made up of members who want to be active in their communities but are not currently close to a chapter. Since 1973, thousands of women have made a difference in their workplaces and communities by speaking up about the challenges facing working families.

Even one person can have an impact by speaking out about the need for equal opportunity and pay for women or the ability to stay home when sick without worrying about losing a job or a day’s wages. By becoming a member of the Action Network you will join the ranks of thousands of working women and men who are fighting to change workplace policies to ensure everyone has the ability to take care of themselves and their families.

“I am a member of the Action Network because I believe as a mother I should be able to work a full-time job to support my family and still have time to help my son with his homework or stay at home when he has the flu without worrying about losing my job.” Holly, 9to5 Action Network

Should you become a member of the Action Network?

If you care about equal opportunity, family-supporting jobs and women’s rights, than this the group for you! Here are some things you can do to start making a difference today:

  • Educate yourself! Find out about issues that are affect your community and if there are local movements already happening to improve them.
  • Contact your elected officials. Whether it is national or local, always take a minute to contact the people who are making decisions that affect you! 9to5 supports family-friendly policies, like paid sick days, and legislators need to hear why this is important.
  • Get your friends and family to contact elected officials. There is power in numbers! The more people to speak out about an issue, the more attention it will get from elected officials.
  • Register and vote! Every election counts. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to cast your ballot.
  • Make sure your family and friends register and vote!
  • Distribute 9to5 voter guides. Our voter guide is designed to help voters understand the issues that affect the lives of working women and their families.
  • Speak out! Attend town hall meetings, write letters to the editor in your local paper, post information about issues you care about in your community!
  • Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

If you have questions about the 9to5 Action Network please contact our Online Organizer Lindsey Challis at (404) 688-0164 or lindsey@9to5.org.