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Popular Women’s Conference Workshops

The following is a list of topics that are popular workshops at AFSCME women’s committee programs and women’s conferences. See if they are of interest in your local or design your own program.

1. Issues of concern to working women

  • Pay equity 

  • Sexual harassment 

  • Work/Family issues (including child care, after-school care and elder care) 

  • Domestic violence 

  • Family and medical leave 

  • Women in non-traditional jobs 

  • Fighting for the rights of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgendered members 

  • Current legislative issues 

  • Political action 

  • Fighting privatization 

  • Career development 

  • Organizing new members

2. Skill-building workshops


  • Public speaking 

  • Effective meetings and Robert’s Rules of Order 

  • Getting your message out to the media 

  • Leadership skills 

  • The collective bargaining process 

  • Running for union office 

  • Assertiveness training 

  • Self-defense

3. Women’s health


  • Workplace violence 

  • Ergonomics and other health and safety issues 

  • Breast cancer awareness and prevention 

  • Heart health 

  • Reproductive rights 

  • Healthy eating and exercise 

  • Diabetes 

  • Stress management 

  • Smoking cessation

4. Other topics


  • Financial planning 

  • Planning for your retirement 

  • Understanding your consumer credit rights 

  • Issues for single parents 

  • Grandparents raising children