Ban the Box initiatives are one step toward breaking the cycle of incarceration.
As I began to draft a blog post on Equal Pay Day the new Rhianna song “ Bitch Better Have My Money” began playing on my Pandora station. Equal Pay Day is the date that symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. I immediately found myself nodding to the Kanye West-produced track and loving the sound of Rhianna’s Bajan accent screaming over the huge beat. By the time the chorus came through my speakers I was beginning to feel guilty for enjoying the song so much.
This is the greatest accomplishment of my life. All my life I have been in and out of the system and being told “No” when it came to trying to obtain employment.
As a result of 9to5’s tenacious organizing efforts the city of Atlanta became the first city in Georgia to Ban the Box! An African proverb states “if you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far go together”.
I can never forget how I felt walking across the Edmund Pettus Bridge March 8. I was filled with so many emotions. I cried. I chanted to the top of my lungs. I could feel the spirits of the elders who travel across this same bridge.
After years of grassroots campaigning and activism, Georgia became the first southern state to adopt Ban the Box fair hiring policies when Gov. Nathan Deal signed an executive order Feb. 23
On Feb. 17th, 2015 Macon-Bibb passed a resolution 6-3 for the city/county government to draft and pass a ban the box ordinance.
Please join us for our 4th annual Women’s History Brunch. This year’s theme is “We Can Do It!” We will have a catered brunch and we will be hearing from a panel of women who have been able to achieve success against all odds, especially in male dominated fields.
February 15th marks the kickoff of 9to5’s nationwide Membership Drive! For the next two months, 9to5 members across the country will be telling family, friends, and coworkers why they care about working women’s issues – and inviting them to join our movement by becoming a member of 9to5.
Latonya Jordan had only been a 9to5 member for a week when she joined our annual 9to5 Lobby Day at the Capitol. This was her first, but will definitely not be her last time to speak up and speak out for the changes that working women need!