Just a year after its launch, the 70-member NYSUT Women’s Committee is making its mark within the statewide union.
Scores of women walked under its banner at women’s marches statewide, the group raised nearly $1,000 for disaster relief in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands through committee merchandise sales, and a mentoring toolkit for younger members is in development. The committee also launched a series of “HERstory” feature articles highlighting inspiring NYSUT women and hosted a committee booth at the 2018 NYSUT RA.
Plans for the committee’s second meeting, Nov. 2-3, are underway.
Chaired by NYSUT Executive Vice President Jolene DiBrango, the NYSUT Women’s Committee has four main goals: encourage more locals to develop in-house women’s committees; educate female members about the work of the union; highlight women-specific issues, including inequalities in pay, health care and education; and involve more union women in leadership roles.
Delegates to the 2017 NYSUT Representative Assembly made the group a permanent, standing committee following the success of “Speak Up, Stand Up, Step Up,” the first NYSUT Women’s Conference in 2017. You can learn more about that first meeting of the Women's Committee in our report and accompanying PowerPoint presentation.
Follow the committee on Twitter @NYSUTWomensComm, join the conversation at #NYSUTWomen, and keep an eye out for the NYSUT Women’s Committee Facebook Group, currently in development.