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Introduction

Women’s committees, or women’s rights committees, exist at every level of AFSCME—in councils, locals, and at the national level. The committee can be an invaluable tool for building the union, developing leaders, encouraging political activism, and generating support for key bargaining issues. But in order to achieve these goals, women activists must make sure that the committee sets clear goals, builds momentum, and keeps energy and enthusiasm high.

This guide is a step-by-step manual for AFSCME members interested in forming and leading an effective women’s committee. It begins with the most basic question, “Do you need a women’s committee?” and later addresses issues such as planning effective programs and building momentum.