By EMILIE ARIES
In today’s competitive talent market, it’s critical that we take stock of our rights, and how we can leverage our power to create sustainable success in our lives and careers. With that in mind, let’s remember some of the incredible women of the Labor Movement and the value that we as workers bring to the table.
“The reinvention of daily life means marching off the edge of our maps.” – Lucy Parsons, radical anarchist, labor activist, and socialist
“Every moment is an organizing opportunity, every person a potential activist, every minute a chance to change the world.” – Dolores Huerta, labor organizer and leader of the Farm Worker’s Union during the 1960’s
“I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change…. I’m changing the things I cannot accept.” – Angela Davis, political activist, academic, and author
“I want to be remembered as someone who used herself and anything she could touch to work for justice and freedom… I want to be remembered as one who tried.” – Dorothy Height, civil rights and feminist activist.
“I am opposed to ’right-to-work’ legislation because it does nothing for working people, but instead gives employers the right to exploit labor.” – First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt
“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” – Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court Justice and co-founder of the Women’s Rights Project of the ACLU
“Solidarity is what we want. We do not want to find fault with each other, but to solidify our forces and say to each other: ‘We must be together; our masters are joined together and we must do the same thing.’” – Mother Jones,
Irish-American union activist and leader, schoolteacher
“What we would like to do is change the world… by crying unceasingly for the rights of the workers, of the poor, of the destitute. We can throw our pebble in the pond and be confident that it’s ever widening circle will reach around the world.” – Dorothy Day, journalist and social activist
“I want to work on respecting individuals’ dignity. Equal rights, that’s where my heart is. That means equal rights and benefits, and that’s what we need.” – Christine Gregoire, Governor of Washington State, lawyer
“Although it is true that only about 13 percent of American workers are in unions, that sets the standards across the board in salaries, benefits, and working conditions. If you are making a decent salary in a non-union company, you owe that to the unions.” – Molly Ivans, political columnist