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Boilermakers attend United State of Women summit

FOUR BOILERMAKERS ATTENDED the first summit on The United State of Women June 14 in Washington D.C. They included Bridget Martin, Special Assistant to the International President; Crystal Spratley and Michelle Nagle, Local 83 (Kansas City, Missouri); and Amanda Green, Local 29 (Boston, Massachusetts).

“It was an inspiring conference for women,” said Martin. She noted that one highlight was a panel entitled “A Conversation on Working Families Economic Policies,” which featured AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler and equal pay advocate Lilly Ledbetter. “Shuler tackled some of the persistent challenges working women face,” said Martin. She said that Shuler urged the crowd of 5,000 to embrace one another in the workplace and to look at unions as a way to win a better future.

While at the conference, Martin, Spratley, Nagle, and Green met with Shuler. “Conferences that allow us to meet sisters face-to-face are a powerful means of building community,” said Martin.