Ellen Bravo directs Family Values @ Work, a network of coalitions in 24 states working for policies such as paid sick days and family and medical leave insurance. Before helping start FV@W, Ellen was the director of 9to5. She has written several non-fiction books, most recently Taking on the Big Boys, or Why Feminism is Good for Families, Business and the Nation. Ellen has served on numerous state and federal commissions, including the bi-partisan Commission on Leave appointed by Congress to study the impact of the Family and Medical Leave Act.
Ellen is a leading spokeswoman on working women’s issues, work-family policy, and low-wage work. Described as “moving, witty and sometimes bawdy,” her writing appears regularly on Huffington Post, the Ms. blog and other sites. In recent years she taught Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Among her commendations are a Ford Foundation Visionary award, the Francis Perkins “Intelligence and Courage” award, and the Families and Work Institute Work Life Legacy Award. Ellen lives in Milwaukee with her husband; they have two adult sons. Her novel on date rape and politics, Again and Again, was published recently by She Writes Press.