This section is dedicated to great women of history. These pioneering women, are the reason that today equality is not a dream but a reality! Let us remember our Fore-Mothers and always respect thier contributions and memories.


Women in History Links

National Women’s History Project

– Formed to recognize and celebrate the diverse and historic accomplishments of women by providing information and educational materials and programs.

1943 Guide to Hiring Women

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When Women Were Knights

When the Knights of Labor was formed in 1878, the delegates took what was then a very advanced step. The preamble to their constitution pledged, “To secure for both sexes equal pay for equal work.” (A goal as yet to be achieved.) The Knights decided that all its activities would be the same for men and women, and that they might be in the same or separate union locals, as might seem best …. click for more

Women Throughout History

alt Mary Harris “Mother” Jones – better known as Mother Jones, was a prominent American labor and community organizer, and Wobbly.
alt Mary K O’Sullivan – The first woman salaried organizer for the American Federation of Labor, 1892.
alt Florence Kelley – 1859-1932, the NCL’s first leader, traveled the country giving lectures on working conditions in the United States.
alt Jane Addams – Vice president of National Woman’s Trade Union League, Serves as member of Chicago Board of Education, Helps to found the National Association for
the Advancement of Colored People, Elected 1st woman President of National Conference of Charities and Corrections (later National Conference of Social Work), 1st Vice
President of National American Woman Suffrage Association , 1st head of National Federation of Settlement and Neighborhood Centers, Helps organize Woman’s Peace Party,
elected 1st Chairman, Presides at International Congress of Women at the Hague, Netherlands, Founds Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, serves as President
1919-29, Helps found the American Civil Liberties Union and 1st American woman recipient of Nobel Peace Prize. Please read and be inspired. What can one woman do?
alt Mary McDowell – 1854-1936, Sometimes called the “Angel of the Stockyards,” Mary McDowell preferred to think of herself as Concerned Citizen. The Head of the
University of Chicago Settlement from its inception in 1894, she reached out from that base to promote trade unionism and safer working conditions, woman suffrage,
inter-racial understanding, and reforms in municipal waste disposal. She joined with others to establish a national Women’s Trade Union League, ….

Notes on History of Women in the Construction Industry……..

Executive Order 11246, signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson on September 24, 1965 required Equal Employment Opportunity.



Executive Order 12067, Providing for coordination of Federal Equal Employment Opportunity programs.

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Equal Pay Act

Women’s Bureau initiatives between 1977 and 1981. The Bureau made significant contributions to the Department’s affirmative action efforts to expand opportunities for women in apprenticeship programs and in the construction industry. Policy involved amendments to Executive Order 11278 by President Carter. 1978 set hiring goals of 6.9% and hiring timetables for women on federally funded projects. The goals were never reached. Read more about it

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The Next Meeting of the Sisters

When: February 4th, 2017
What Time: Set up at 3:30PM | Potluck at 4PM | Meeting Starts at 5PM
Where: South Seattle Community College, Georgetown Campus
6737 Corson Ave S, Seattle, WA
Building "C" Room 122
$3 parking

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