Martha Burk is a political psychologist and women's issues expert specializing in gender pay equity, and co-founder of the Center for Advancement of Public Policy, a research and policy analysis organization in Washington, D.C. She serves as the Money Editor for Ms magazine, and she is a syndicated newspaper columnist and front-page blogger for Huffington Post and the Center for American Progress. From 2012-2015 she produced and hosted her national public radio show Equal Time with Martha Burk. Her latest book, Your Voice, Your Vote: The Savvy Woman’s Guide to Power, Politics, and the Change We Need (2016-2018), is a Ms magazine book selection. Her work has been published in major U.S. newspapers and she has appeared on all major television networks in the United States.
From 2000-2005 Dr. Burk served as Chair of the National Council of Women's Organizations a network of over 200 national women's groups collectively representing ten million women. In that capacity she led the campaign to open Augusta National Golf Club to women, and she remains at the forefront of change for women in corporate America. She crafted the first-in-the-nation gender pay equity initiative at the state level in New Mexico in 2010 as a senior advisor to then-Governor Bill Richardson, and continues to advise business organizations and government entities at all levels on gender pay equity.
Burk is a frequent speaker on women’s issues, civil society, and women’s leadership. She is an active contributor to the Journalism and Women Symposium, and is a contributing speaker to SheSource, a Project of the Women’s Media Center. Burk holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington. Her background includes experience as a university research director, management professor, and advisor to both non-government organizations (NGOs) and political campaigns and organizations.
In addition to extensive work on domestic policy, Dr. Burk has conducted training workshops with women's NGOs internationally in Macedonia and Kuwait, under the sponsorship of USAID and the United Nations, and has conducted training in the U.S. for delegations from Russia, Botswana, Korea, Romania, Bulgaria, and the Middle East. She has recently been a member of official U.S. delegations to international conferences in Cuba, Iceland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and China. Dr. Burk has been asked by the U.S. Department of State to brief the foreign press on the U.S. presidential elections several times.
Dr. Burk has served on the Commission for Responsive Democracy, the Advisory Committee of Americans for Workplace Fairness, the Sex Equity Caucus of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and the board of directors of the National Committee on Pay Equity. She has also served as an advisory board member to several other national organizations, including the U.S. Committee for UNIFEM, and Women for World Peace, a project of the Twenty First Century Foundation, and the PAX World Fund.
She resides in Corrales, New Mexico with her husband, Ralph Estes. Her two sons and five grandchildren live in Texas.
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