Linda Smith started her life of activism in the 1960s when she became involved with the Anti-WarÂ Movement while she was in college at Bucknell University. She graduated with a degree inÂ Chemistry in 1969 and then went to the University of Connecticut. There she co-founded theÂ Womenâ€™s Radio Collective at WHUS-FM, the university radio station and she worked there in variousÂ capacities, including station manager until 1981. She graduated from UConn with a degree inÂ Pharmacy in 1977. In 1981 she moved to Warren, Massachusetts where she became aÂ spokesperson for STOP IT, an environmental organization that opposed a proposal to build theÂ largest hazardous waste incineration facility in North America in the town of Warren. HerÂ background in chemistry and pharmacy helped her to understand both the chemical and the healthÂ implications of such a facility. She worked closely with Lois Gibbs, best known for her work in LoveÂ Canal, during this period. As a result of this work, she was elected to the Board of Health and servedÂ for three years in that capacity. In 1985 she moved to Hagerstown, MD where she became involvedÂ in Washington County NOW. She is President of the chapter. She also started a NOW Club atÂ Hagerstown Community College. In 1988 she became a member of the Board of Directors ofÂ Women at the Table, an organization dedicated to helping women run for elected and appointedÂ office in Washington County. For the past 5 years she has served as a member of the Friends of theÂ Doleman Black Heritage Museum, working to raise funds to build a black heritage museum inÂ downtown Hagerstown, MD. In 2012 Linda started lobbying with United for Equality, LLC (U4E), aÂ social enterprise with the sole purpose of ratifying the ERA to the Constitution by 2015. On MarchÂ 22, 2012, to mark the 40th anniversary of when ERA was ratified by Congress and sent out to theÂ states, Senator Ben Cardin of MD introduced the Senate Joint Resolution S.J. Res. 39.Â It was aÂ historical victory as the Senate had never before recognized an alternative to the ERA starting allÂ over again. In May 2013 Linda became the Maryland coordinator of U4E and has been working onÂ removing the deadline for ratification of the ERA ever since. In 2015 Linda joined the PDA 3-stateÂ strategy group and is now involved in ERA Action, the only organization in the ERA CoalitionÂ dedicated to the 3-state strategy for passing the ERA.