Here are some articles and resources about women and unions:
Leader of landmark nurses' strike retires after 40-year career
By Jan Rabbers
In 1984, Karen Patek led a strike by 6,300 RNs at 17 different hospitals in the Twin Cities. It was, and continues to be, the largest RN strike in the world.
Women's Consortium honors two union leaders
ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Women's Consortium will honor St. Paul Trades & Labor Assembly Political Coordinator Bree Halverson and Minnesota Nurses Association President Linda Slattengren at its annual dinner.
Schaubach ends 40-year career in teaching, union leadership
By Barb Kucera
ST. PAUL - Judy Schaubach's career in education began at a time when women were still forced to quit teaching halfway through their pregnancies – and ends with her union – Education Minnesota – having become one of the most influential organizations in the state.
Report advocates greater leadership role for women in unions
WASHINGTON - Increasing leadership roles for women in unions would benefit female workers, unions, the labor movement and women in general, a new report says.
Women in unions: It's not just Mother Jones
by Mark Gruenberg
Though Mary Harris “Mother” Jones is the most famous female organizer in the early years of unions, and an icon for women unionists, she is far from the only prominent female figure in U.S. labor. Nor is she alone: Masses of women joined her.
Women's wages still behind those of men
WASHINGTON - Tuesday was Equal Pay Day, the day that marks how far into the calendar year a woman must work to earn as much as a man earned last year. Even though women make up a growing portion of the workforce, they continue to make dramatically less than men.
Nellie Stone Johnson: Trailblazer in politics, labor and civil rights
by Renee Vaughan
Minnesota's own Nellie Stone Johnson broke ground as a union leader, civil rights activist and elected official.
A Nellie Stone Johnson Timeline
The Quotable Nellie Stone Johnson
A list of Nellie Stone Johnson's Contributions
Nellie Stone Johnson Biblography
Workday Minnesota obituary on Nellie Stone Johnson
'Joan of Arc' for St. Paul's working people
by Liz Faue
Eva McDonald Valesh inspired other working women -- and irritated corporate and government officials -- when she went undercover to report on Twin Cities sweatshops at the beginning of the 20th century.
"The Toiling Women"
"Song of the Shirt"
Decades later, Willmar 8 are heroes to a new generation
by Asa Wilson
When they walked out of a small MInnesota bank in 1977, eight women hoped to change their workplace. What they didn't know was that they'd change their lives -- and the world.
Women still have a long way to go in the banking industry
Workers owe a debt to the 'striking maidens' of 1888
By Rhoda Gilman
On Wednesday, April 18, 1888, Minneapolis was shocked to learn that 260 female employees at the clothing factory of Shotwell, Clerihew, & Lothman on 2nd Street had walked out.
Florence Rood: A pioneer teacher union leader
By Paula O'Connor
Florence Rood, a native of St. Paul, was the first woman president of an AFL-affiliated union that included both men and women members.
University of Minnesota clerical campaign ushered in new model of organizing
By Kate Shaughnessy
Eighty years passed between the time when one group of women walked out of the Lawrence textile mills holding a banner printed with the words "Bread and Roses" and the time when another group of women sang the same words for a crowd of bosses and co-workers at the University of Minnesota.
The Institute for Women's Policy Research
This organization conducts detailed studies on the economic status of women. See, for example, its recent report (pdf file): The Best and Worst State Economies for Women