Heather Booth is one of the country’s leading strategists on progressive issue campaigns. She started organizing during the civil rights, anti-Vietnam war and women’s movements of the 1960s.
She started JANE, an underground abortion service, in 1965, before Roe v. Wade.
With the award from a back pay suit she won during a union organizing effort, she founded and is now president of the Midwest Academy, training social change leaders and organizers. She has been involved in union organizing efforts for teachers, hospital workers, and clerical workers.
Among her many other accomplishments, Heather has served as director of the NAACP National Voter Fund, director of the Health Care Campaign for the AFL-CIO, and strategic advisor to the Alliance for Citizenship. She was also the founding director of Americans for Financial Reform.
She was the national coordinator for the coalition around marriage equality and the 2013 Supreme Court decision and was the field director for the 2017 campaign to stop the tax giveaways to millionaires and billionaires. She is now working on a campaign to lower prescription drug prices.
Her impact is illustrated in the documentary Heather Booth: Changing the World. It has been shown on PBS/World Channel stations around the country.