Southern Women Workers School

Women workers from across the South and Appalachia will be meeting to share worker organizing stories from the past and the present, learn from other movements, build our leadership and organizing skills, and have a great time!  At the school, UFE will be presenting a new workshop.

United for a Fair Economy has been collaborating with United Methodist Women for many years, serving on panels, facilitating workshops/retreats, and designing curriculum.  At the Southern Women Workers School, UFE's popular education staff will present a workshop based upon this collaborative work, and our own proven curriculum.

Members of UMW, as women of faith, are leaders seeking to forge a path towards justice. They are working to promote economic justice in the context of growing income and wealth inequality.  In order to do this, they needed a space for reflection.  UMW worked with UFE's popular education staff to develop "Overworked & Underpaid: Gender and the Economy."  The workshop analyzes the forces that cause the growing divide, the marginalization of women (especially low-income women and women of color), and how to motivate ourselves and others toward action.

Now in their 42nd year, the Union Women's Summer Schools are designed by labor educators. The residential schools bring together rank and file women workers, officers, and staff to strengthen their knowledge of the labor movement, become more active and influential in their unions, and share their experiences and support with other women unionists.

The school's success is evidenced by the record of participants. Over the past 37 years, the schools have educated thousands, many of whom have become leaders of their unions.



Sessions include:
Organizing Struggles and Victories in the South
Outreach and Public Speaking
Building Community - Labor Coalitions
Southern Women's Labor History
Dealing with Race in the Workplace
Creating Art and Culture in Labor Struggles

English-Spanish Interpretation and Childcare Available

Sponsored by:
Highlander Research and Education Center
United Association of Labor Education, Women's Committee
United for a Fair Economy

For more information, contact Susan Williams
Susan @; 865-360-7042


Highlander Research and Education Center:
Highlander began in 1932 during the Great Depression in Monteagle, Tennessee, supporting union organizing in the Southern United States. Now located east of Knoxville at a workshop center in East Tennessee, Highlander continues to support groups across the South working in economic, racial and environmental justice, labor and worker organizing, education, immigrant rights and democracy. Through the years, Highlander has worked with unions and organizations supporting factory workers, miners, farm workers, educators, service and government workers. The center is on Bay’s Mountain with beautiful grounds and view of the Smoky Mountains. Participants will be housed in rustic dormitory and lodge.

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