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Today in labor history: Activist Agnes Nestor born

On June 24, 1880, labor and women's rights activist Agnes Nestor was born in Grand Rapids, Mich. She moved to Chicago in 1897 and started working at the age of 14 in the glove industry 

Female corrections officers get class status for sex harassment complaint

Over objections of Bureau of Prisons, the federal Justice Department agreed that female federal prison corrections officers, employed at the Coleman complex, suffered sexual harassment as a class.

 

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Today in labor history: Kennedy signs bill to overcome sexism in pay

On this day in 1963, President John F. Kennedy passed the Equal Pay Act aimed at eliminating unequal pay for women.

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Unions celebrate 20th anniversary of family leave

Unionists and women's leaders celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act by lauding the law and campaigning for the next step.

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Today in labor history: U.S. women organize trade union league

Working-class and wealthier women gathered in Boston to found the Women's Trade Union League to support the efforts of women to organize labor unions.

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On this day in labor history: National Organization for Women founded

On this date in 1863, at the height of the American Civil War, 18 countries met in Geneva to create the International Red Cross.

 

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Today in labor history: Women’s rights figure Elizabeth Cady Stanton dies

On this day in 1902, social/political activist and proto-feminist Elizabeth Cady Stanton died, after living a life of achievements.

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Today in labor history: Suffragette socialist Sylvia Pankhurst dies in 1960

Most people don't realize that a legendary suffragette, Sylvia Pankhurst, lived well into the mid-20th century.

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Coalition asks members to lobby for Paycheck Fairness Act

The drive kicked off when Senate Democrats announced that Senate leaders promised them a vote on the legislation.

AFL-CIO defends women’s access to contraception

The AFL-CIO has stepped forward to defend women's access to contraception, "regardless of where they work."

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