I am Woman #WatchMeVote is a campaign to register 7500 Georgians, conduct 10 city-wide pop-up education shops, and help to increase voter turnout in precincts that have low voter turnout. Imagine how powerful we could be if every woman who was eligible to vote did.
In 2018, families can be big or small, made up of people who share a common bond: Love. We partnered with the Family Justice Network in a project to engage local communities across Georgia in conversations about the need for public and workplace policies that include families of all shapes and sizes.
9to5 was an instrumental part of the coalition group that worked to get the Family Care Act signed into state law. The Family Care Act ensures that anyone who earns sick time at work is able to use that time to care for a family member, in addition to themselves.
When women participate in public life, we change our communities for the better. Our new Power of Participation training traces the history of women making their voices heard in the United States and equips women with the tools to speak out and make change today.
Georgia State Director
Amanda graduated from the University of California at Berkeley where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Communication. She is originally from Palm Springs, California and has made Savannah, Georgia her home for the past ten years.
Amanda is a standing member of the Savannah Black Heritage Festival Committee and Health Fair, Member of the Savannah (GA) Chapter of The Links Incorporated, Board member of Georgia Shift, Graduate of the Georgia WIN List Leadership Academy 2015, Social Media Manager for Women Must Vote a grassroots organization in Savannah, GA, volunteer for Planned Parenthood of Coastal Georgia, and co-organizer for Women’s March Savannah. Formerly, Amanda served on the Board of Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation and the Technology Chair and Girls on the Run of Coastal Georgia. To date her greatest accomplishment is being the mother of her son, Joah Cash.
Shanda is a firm believer that someone else’s opinion does not define you or what you can accomplish in life, if you are willing to fight. A graduate of Winston-Salem State University with a degree in Political Science, Shanda was a vanguard for grassroots organizing and politics. Collegiate activism lead to campaign work for city council elections in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Shanda seeks to leave the world a better place, whether by given a voice to the voiceless, or redeeming social, political, and economic conditions that keep people oppressed.
Amna is passionate about community, self-determination, and organizing. She is based in Albany, GA. Her background is primarily in Israel/Palestine, having spent time organizing in the American Jewish community and on the ground in Israel/Palestine studying and leading educational trips. She has interned and worked for a variety of progressive and political organizations, including J Street, the Obama White House, West Wing Writers, and the Ossoff for GA-06 congressional campaign. Originally from Maryland, she is a proud graduate of the University of Maryland.
Leadership Development and Training Coordinator
Allison is a newly transplanted Atlantan, but will always be a Memphian at heart. She’s a grassroots organizer at heart, has developed an organizer training program, has facilitated many challenging conversations around race and oppression, and most recently led a statewide coalition on reproductive rights and sexual health in Tennessee. She is excited to now be a part of the 9to5 family supporting the expansion of their training program.
Chapter and Helpline Organizer
Olivia recently graduated from Aquinas College in Michigan, with a degree in Spanish and a minor in Organizational Psychology. She has always been passionate about social justice-based work. She lived in Central America for 8 years, which has had a significant impact on her perspective on social justice. Most of her work since being back in the U.S has been with migrant communities. She strongly believes in the importance of public education and community organizing.
LaToya is passionate about closing the gender pay gap, and believes that women should have access to affordable, quality healthcare regardless of their citizenship and socio-economic status. She enjoys educating people about organ donation, voter registration, suicide prevention, and women’s health concerns. A native of Savannah, LaToya has a BA in Liberal Arts and an MA in Adult Education and Community Leadership from Armstrong State University. LaToya has worked for the State of Georgia for the past eleven years, most recently providing enrollment assistance to parents of uninsured youth.
Gloria Smith (Chair)
Kim Schofield, M.A., CLC