Linda is the Research Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. She is the co-author of Home Economics: The Invisible and Unregulated World of Domestic Work. Burnham was a leader in the Third World Women’s Alliance, a national organization that was an early advocate for the rights of women of color. In 1990 she co-founded Women of Color Resource Center, and was its Executive Director for 18 years. Burnham led large delegations of women of color to the 1985 United Nations World Conference on Women in Nairobi, Kenya, and the 1995 United Nations World Conference on Women in Beijing, China. In 2001 she led a delegation of women of color activists and scholars to the United Nations World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa.
Burnham has published numerous articles on African-American women, African-American politics, and feminist theory in a wide range of periodicals and anthologies. She is also a frequent featured speaker on college campuses and to community groups, addressing issues of women’s rights and racial justice. In 2005 Burnham was nominated as one of 1,000 Peace Women for the Nobel Peace Prize. Her recent article, “1% Feminism,” a response to Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In, was widely circulated.