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Women of Steel

Committee Chair – Jessica Montgomery

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A couple of times a year, the Local 2020 Steering Committee holds a “Women of Steel General Meeting”. These meetings are great opportunities to hear interesting guest speakers, meet your Women’s Committee and socialize with women from many different workplaces. Our next women’s general meeting will be announced in early 2021. We normally hold these events at our Office at 66 Brady Street.  Our Guest Speaker will be announced. Child Care will be provided.  Refreshments will be served and Door Prizes to be won!

 

 

USW LOCAL 2020’s Annual Fill a Purse campaign:

This year is our third annual fill a purse campaign. Local 2020’s Women of Steel committee actively collects gently used purses and unused personal hygiene products and fills purses for YWCA Genevra house as well as local homeless shelters within our communities. If you would like to make a donation of personal hygiene products, gently used purses or feminine hygiene please contact the hall and we can arrange a drop off and or pick up time.

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We are continually adding to our list of contact people.  If you are interested in receiving updates and information about the Women’s Committee activities and events or if you have any questions or comments or suggestions about Women of Steel, please feel free to contact the Women of Steel committee chair  jmontgomery@uswsudbury.ca or any of the Steering Committee Members with your e-mail address and we will keep you posted!

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is an occasion marked by women’s groups around the world. This date is also commemorated at the United Nations and is designated in many countries as a national holiday. When women on all continents come together to celebrate Women’s Day, they can look back to a tradition that represents at least nine decades of struggle for equality, justice, peace and  development. Few causes promoted by the United Nations have generated more intense and widespread support than the campaign to promote and protect the equal rights of women.

The Charter of the United Nations, signed in San Francisco in 1945, was the first international agreement to proclaim gender equality as a fundamental human right. International Women’s Day is the story of ordinary women as makers of history; it is rooted in the centuries- old struggle of women to participate in society on an equal footing with men. It was on March 8, 1909 that a group of women garment workers in New York took to the streets to protest their terrible working conditions.

The slogan they chanted was “We want bread and roses too” – bread symbolizing economic security and roses for a better quality of life. These words formed the basis of the James Oppenheimer song “Bread & Roses” which has become the song of the Women’s movement, especially on International Women’s Day. .