Ken Neumann’s Statement for International Women’s Day 2021

USW makes work and activism more accessible for women

Raising the Bar logoA woman’s place is in the union ... and in the workplace ... and anywhere she wants to be! Our society still puts barriers in the way of women’s participation. And the USW is committed to removing those barriers.

Women should be able to do any job they choose. But most workplaces, machines, personal protective equipment and safety programs have been designed to suit male workers, leaving women out.

Raising the Bar on Women’s Health and Safety is an important new USW campaign to make sure women’s voices and concerns are heard. We’ve created an Action Guide, an inspection checklist and other resources to raise awareness and make positive changes

And our union is also removing barriers to women’s involvement in union activities. Even in 2021, women still do most of the work caring for children and elderly family members. That makes it hard to attend union meetings and education courses, or to sit on a committee or be a steward.

USW’s Family & Community Education Fund is now available to repay the cost of child or elder care for Steelworkers who attend authorized union events. (To qualify, members must belong to a local union that contributes to the fund.) Full details and claim forms are available on our web site

What better way to celebrate International Women’s Day than listening to the sound of barriers being broken down!

In solidarity,

Ken Neumann
National Director

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