Marilynn B. Winn is Executive Director of Women on the Rise, a grassroots organization led by formerly incarcerated women working for healthy families, justice for all women, and a reduction of the number of women under correctional control in the state of Georgia.
In 2011, as volunteer member of 9 to5 Atlanta and Co-Chair of Board of Directors, she was Lead Organizer for 9 to 5’s initiative to “Ban the Box.” Members of 9 to 5 and Women on the Rise were responsible for” banning the box”: removing questions related to prior felony convictions, in the City of Atlanta. Atlanta made history by being the first city in the south to ban the box on their employment applications. Cities and counties in Georgia that followed was East Point, Fulton County, DeKalb County, Liberty County, Chatham County, Dougherty County, the State of Georgia and working with national organizations and delivering over 130.000 signed petitions on October 26, 2015 to the White House, President Obama issued an Executive Order to ban the box on federal applications on November 2, 2015.
In 2013 Received the Lilly Ledbetter Award from 9to5 Atlanta Working Women for initiating the Ban the Box Campaign in Georgia. The award also recognized her for working to end employment discrimination for people with prior convictions; in addition, the award included her efforts to end mass-incarceration.
In 2014 Received a letter of recognition from former President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Roselynn Carter for her work to end employment discrimination for people with prior convictions and end mass-criminalization in Georgia.
In 2014 Was the recipient of the Inspire Award from First Step Staffing for her achievements in Community Activism. She later became a member of the Board of Directors of First Step Staffing, a Non-Profit organization.
On May 18, 2016 Was nominated to attend the United State of Women summit hosted by the White House on June 14th. The notification notice noted “the ways in which you strive to make the world a more gender equitable place.