The 31st Constitutional Convention theme “Our Mission, Protecting Our Legacy, Building Our Future” provides a roadmap for the Women’s Caucus to elevate women to a new level. We are setting the stage for women to hone core leadership skills by creating initiatives and forums for sisters to RISE UP!
The future direction of emerging women leaders within our respective locals is contingent upon a concerted effort to train, mentor, empower and afford women opportunities to realize their full potential. We need women at all levels of union life.
Political advocacy, community partnerships and alliances, internal and external organizing and solidarity actions are all important, but if we are not developing women leaders, we must re-evaluate the time spent in these areas. Our goal is to establish a sustainable pipeline of women transitioning from rank-and-file members to leadership roles across the country. As unionists and activists, we must lead by example, break down barriers and seize opportunities to identify and invest in those who will be our successors.
Our mission is to change the narrative of women being hidden figures. Women build nations, we are architects of society, movers and shakers who are an integral part in fighting injustices. Eleanor Roosevelt said, “A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong she will be until she gets in hot water.”
Sisters, be brave enough to dream and move forward. Our purpose is to help others! A sister should never look down upon another sister unless she is looking back to give her a hand up! The Women’s Caucus will be developing periodic communications via a monthly e-newsletter and Facebook. Stay tuned for upcoming projects, initiatives and calls to action.
Photo caption: Women’s Caucus calendars are being sold for the first time this year. The calendars spotlight women from across UWUA, their diverse roles and words of inspiration. Contact your local for more information.