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A Woman’s Place Is In Her UNION; A Look At The Women Of Steel

During World War II, men were being shipped overseas and women were called to work in the factories.  Women answered this call and they started a revolution.  Remember Rosie the Riveter?

Rosie The Riveter

This image was created to inspire women to roll up their sleeves and do the work that was typically done by men.  Since this time, women have made huge advances in the workplace.  They should be treated as equals. While we are not there yet, we are progressing closer every day, thanks to unions and the Lily Ledbetter Act.

Susan B. Anthony

Unions have long been a place where women have been treated as equals.  In fact many of the early union organizers were women.  Today marks the anniversary of the death of civil rights activist Susan B. Anthony who famously said “Join the union, girls, and together say Equal Pay for Equal Work.”

This is still the case today.  There are millions of strong union women throughout the country.  It creates a standard for pay that is not based on male or female, only the job you do.  Union give workers a voice in the workplace. This voice is not limited to men.  Women use this voice to become empowered in the workplace.  Their demands may be different from men, but their desire to have their voices heard is the same.

Through unions women have fought and won in areas like equal pay, workplace safety, work hours, and many more.  Through their unions, women were granted maternity leave to have a child without the fear of losing their jobs or being punished for starting a family.

Today that empowerment is being broadcast in an amazing way.  The United Steel Workers Union is showcasing “WOMEN OF STEEL”.  Strong and empowered women are just one more reason a women’s place is truly in her union!

Video 1 A Woman of Steel is……

Video 2 Rose Ann : A Woman of Steel

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About Matt Murray

Matt Murray is the creator and an author on the NH Labor News. He is a union member and advocate for labor and progressive politics. He also works with other unions and members to help spread our message. Follow him on Twitter @NHLabor_News
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