Selectors: Stefanie Caloia, Meghan Courtney, and Troy Eller English
How many "trailblazing women in labor and business" can you name? How many of their stories can you tell? Who are role models for your career?
In the 1970s members of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women discovered that history textbooks discussed the accomplishments of women in just 3 percent of their pages. Members launched a Women’s History Week to teach students about all the female role models and women's history missing from their textbooks. The National Women's History Project was founded in 1980 and successfully lobbied Congress in 1987 to designate March as Women's History Month.
The 2017 theme for Women's History Month is "Honoring "Trailblazing Women in Labor and Businees." Explore these library, archival, and internet resources to expand your knowledge of female union activists and businesswomen who have both achieved personal success and worked to raise up the fortunes of others. What can you learn from their lives, careers, and actions?
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Many primary sources relating to women in the labor movement and business are available on Wayne State University's main campus in the Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs. The Reuther Library, located at 5401 Cass Ave., is open to the public Monday-Friday, 10-4. Here is just a sample of the collections available:
View video of several of this year's Women's History Month honorees discussing their work and motivations.