“Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world.”Dolores Huerta

From the right to vote to equal pay, women have never shied away from fighting for the rights inherently owed to them. Whether it’s worker safety, job protection during and after a pregnancy, or the myriad of other issues faced by working women, activists, organizers, and union members have, for decades, fought for fairness and equality. Explore some of the most influential women in the labor movement.

“Raises, not roses:” the 1981 San Jose strike

“Black Women Built That: Labor and Workers’ Rights”

Ai-jen Poo is the Executive Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA)

Working women around the world, in pictures

Dolores Huerta, activist, and co-founder of the United Farm Workers Association

“The Complicated History Behind the Fight for Pregnant Women’s Equality”

Status of Women in the States: Women in Unions

In Alabama: As an organizer of the Southern textile factory worker movement in the 1930s, Eula McGill was a member of the Women’s Trade Union League and the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America Union.

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