‘Labor & the Women’s Movement’ focus of Veteran Feminists conference Sept. 27

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WOMEN WORKERS AND LABOR activists march for a higher minimum wage for fast food workers in Detroit in May 2013. Veteran Feminists of America (VFA) will host a conference on “Labor & the Women’s Movement” Sept. 27 in St. Louis. Reuters/Rebecca Cook photo
WOMEN WORKERS AND LABOR activists march for a higher minimum wage for fast food workers in Detroit in May 2013. Veteran Feminists of America (VFA) will host a conference on “Labor & the Women’s Movement” Sept. 27 in St. Louis.
Reuters/Rebecca Cook photo

Veteran Feminists of America (VFA) will celebrate the contribution of labor women to the second wave women’s movement Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Renaissance Grand Hotel in St. Louis.

Many people are not aware of the role labor women played in the early history of the movement, especially in the National Organization for Women (NOW).

With its recent decisions elevating the rights of corporations owned by fundamentalist Christians above the rights of their female employees (Burdell v. Hobby Lobby), and ruling that non-union employees who work at jobs where unions negotiate pay and benefits—for all workers—do not have to pay any union fees akin to union dues (Harris v. Quinn), the Supreme Court of the U.S. has reinforced why this untold story matters.

The conference, “Labor & the Women’s Movement: The untold story and why it matters,” will review the history, including what really happened to Rosie the Riveter.

Young feminist historians who are writing about the second wave will present their new scholarship.

Success in the legal system will be highlighted, as will work being done today by a number of contemporary organizations.

The closing session will look to the future and stress the importance of women and labor working together to preserve the victories that have been gained.

Saturday night will feature an awards dinner, honoring feminists and labor leaders.

Registration is $135 for the conference and dinner, or $75 for the conference only, not including lodging.

For more information, or to register, visit www.vfa-midwest.org.

For hotel reservations, call 1-800-468-3571; use the group name, “Veteran Feminists.”

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