We’ve had enough – enough of missing paychecks to care for ill family members, enough of losing income in order to have time to heal after birth or to bond with a new baby, and enough of needing surgery and having to go back to work too soon just to pay the bills.

We – working women of color and our families – have the momentum to make big changes in our communities and demand paid leave. We are excited about the work our members, staff, and partners in Colorado, Georgia, and Wisconsin and across the country are doing to achieve this goal and know that there is much more to come!

In Solidarity, 
Mica Whitfield and Ashley Panelli
CEOs & Co-Presidents


9to5 Colorado launched 9to5’s first podcast, Voces de Resistencia! Tune in wherever you get your podcasts to learn more about our history, our mobile home park work, how we passed state wide paid leave in Colorado, and our work for climate justice.

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Voter Engagement Canvasser: Wisconsin

Albany Organizer: Albany Georgia

Human Resources Coordinator: Remote 

Highlights From the Field


We led the charge in passing Colorado’s 12-week paid leave program FAMLI, which launched this year on January 1st!


This month 9to5 Georgia premiered their Working Women’s Agenda for 2024 and highlighted the need for paid leave.


9to5 Wisconsin and Paid Leave for Wisconsin wrote letters to the editor advocating for the need for state wide paid leave.

What We’re Reading

The 19th Explains: Why there’s growing momentum for paid leave policies

9to5 is part of the growing momentum for paid leave at the state and national level. This article looks at paid leave policies, who typically benefits and what states are doing to address the issue.

Closing the gender pay gap one job offer at a time

Changing the norm is going to change the reality for working women! We have to talk about the pay gap to create change in our workplaces, our communities, and in legislative policy.

The Next Battlefront in the War Against Women: Fighting for Congress to Fully Fund WIC

Working women of color are more likely to work in jobs that are underpaid and experience the pay gap. We must fight to fully fund programs that help feed working women and their families. 




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