Ellen Bravo was born in Cleveland but has lived in Wisconsin long enough to be a diehard Green Bay Packers fan and say “c’mere once” and “you bet.” A lifelong activist, she is the former director of 9to5 (the group that inspired the movie,) and current head of Family Values @ Work, a network of state coalitions working for family-friendly policies. Ellen is the award-winning writer of the non-fiction books, Job/Family Challenge—Not for Women Only and Taking on the Big Boys, or Why Feminism is Good for Families, Business and the Nation, co-author of The 9to5 Guide to Combatting Sexual Harassment, and a novel, Again and Again. Among her commendations is a Ford Foundation Visionary award. A business editor once described her as “moving, witty and sometimes bawdy.”
Ellen has served on several 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 lives in Milwaukee with her husband; they have two adult sons. When she’s not raising hell or writing fiction, Ellen loves Zumba, bid whist, brain teasers, board games, canoeing on the Wisconsin River, reading, and above all spending time with family and friends.