Martha Burk

Dr. Martha Burk is a political psychologist and women's equity expert who is co-founder and President of the Center for Advancement of Public Policy, a research and policy analysis organization in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Burk's book, Cult of Power: Sex Discrimination in Corporate America and What Can Be Done About It, was published by Scribner in April, 2005. Dr. Burk's new book unmasks how corporate America conspires to keep women down, and offers solid solutions. For more information, please visit

Dr. Burk served as Chair of the National Council of Women's Organizations (NCWO), a network of over 200 national women's groups collectively representing ten million women, from 2000 to 2005. Dr. Burk now is the Director of NCWO's Corporate Accountability Project. Dr. Burk led the NCWO effort to open the Augusta National Golf Club to women, and remains at the forefront of the debate on women's progress in corporate America. She has appeared on a great number of news shows, including The Today Show, ABC World News Tonight, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, Newsnight with Aaron Brown, Lou Dobbs Moneyline, CNN Financial, Bloomberg News, Wolf Blitzer Reports, CBS This Morning, Brian Williams Show, American Morning with Paula Zahn, UpClose, Crossfire, Fox Morning News, News Hour with Jim Lehrer, News with Connie Chung, Hardball, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and many more. In addition she has appeared on many sports shows, including HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, ESPN Outside the Lines, Listen Up! With Charles Barkley and others. Appearances on talk radio around the country, number in the hundreds.

Dr. Burk was named a Woman of the Year by Ms. Magazine in 2003. Print coverage of Dr. Burk's work has been extensive, with multiple articles in every major and many minor newspapers and magazines, including extensive coverage in The New York Times. Profiles, some with front page coverage, have appeared in People Magazine, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Dallas Morning News, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Chicago Tribune, the Baltimore Sun, Sports Illustrated, The New Yorker, More Magazine and a number of others.

Dr. Burk is a syndicated columnist and has appeared as a regular guest on the PBS public affairs program Debates, Debates. She is also a frequent contributor to major newspapers and print outlets on public policy, including USA Today, The Nation, Knight-Ridder wire services, Scripps Howard news services, Louisville Courier Journal, Los Angeles Daily News, Ms. Magazine, Working Woman, Business Woman, Executive Female, and The Washington Post. She is an editorial advisor for Ms. Magazine.

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 has conducted training in the U.S. for delegations from Russia, Botswana, Korea, Romania, and Bulgaria, and the Middle East. She has recently been a member of official U.S. Delegations to international conferences in Iceland, Lithuania, and Estonia.

Institutional consulting clients have included the University of Texas, the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, Women's International News Gathering Service, National Education Association, Search for Common Ground, the United States Information Agency, and the U.S. Department of State.

To contact or schedule an interview with Dr. Burk, please call 202-293-4505