The 2017 theme for National Women’s History Month honors women who have successfully challenged the role of women in both business and the paid labor force. Women have always worked, but often their work has been undervalued and unpaid.
Below are some amazing women that truly were Trailblazers for all women in labor and business:
Formed the nation’s first bona-fide all-female union when she organized over 300 of her fellow laundresses.
Lucy Gonzalez Parson
Labor organizer, radical socialist, and anarchist co-founded Industrial Workers of the World.
A community leader who encouraged individual self-help efforts and who chartered the first African American Women’s Bank
Addie L. Wyatt
An ordained minister, labor and civil rights leader and co-founder of the Coalition of Labor Union Women.
Barbara “Dusty” Roads
Helped to form the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) in 1977.
First women stockbroker who paved the way for women in the New York Stock Exchange.
Civil rights activist who fought for equal pay and against sexual harassment.
Barbara Hackman Franklin
Harvard Business School graduate that pioneered the effort to increase the number of women in government.
Founding director of Handmade in America which revitalized and expanded employment opportunities for twenty-five counties in the state of North Carolina.
Labor leader, youngest director of the Women’s Bureau and appointed Secretary of Labor by President Carter.
President of SEIU Local 100 and dedicated leader for the fight for economic and social justice
Founder and CEO of Rush Group. She has made it her mission to “create sustainable job opportunities in underserved communities.”
Founder and CEO of Pinaccle Group and one of the few Latinas elected to serve as director of a publicly traded company.