USW Commemorates Centennial of Women’s Right to Vote, Continues Fight for Gender Equality

Contact: Cheyenne Schoen, cschoen@usw.org, 412-562-2446

(Pittsburgh, Pa.) – The United Steelworkers (USW) union issued the following statement today in honor of International Women’s Day:

The USW today affirms its commitment to advancing equality in workplaces and communities across the world, as it marks both International Women’s Day and 100 years since the 19th Amendment granted American women the right to vote.

The USW recognizes that labor unions have an important role to play in the continued fight against discrimination, wage inequality and gender-based violence. 

“It is 2020, and our country is still grappling with a pernicious pay gap,” said USW International Vice President Roxanne Brown. “A woman is paid just 81 cents for every dollar paid to a man, and that number is even lower for women of color. 

“On top of that, women are consistently over-represented in low-wage and vulnerable employment positions, while their skills and talents are often under-utilized.” 

Unions offer women access to more predictable schedules, fair pay and quality health insurance, but broader legislation is necessary to create a cultural shift. Advancements such as paid parental leave, protections against workplace violence and stronger, more easily enforced labor laws are vital if the United States is going to achieve gender equality. 

“In November, thanks to the brave protestors who led the battle for women’s suffrage, we will have a say in the future of America,” said USW Vice President Leeann Foster. “Our union will continue to support legislation and representatives who fight for the dignity and respect of women and all vulnerable communities.”

The USW represents 850,000 men and women employed in metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in public sector and service occupations.

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