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Video highlights from 'Stepping Up, Stepping Back' summit

Dynamic women activists share key ideas and experiences. Their insights were captured at a special summit hosted by the Berger-Marks Foundation in March, 2010. The summit reached across generations to find out what it takes for a new generation of women to organize and thrive in the labor movement.

Many participants are under 35 years old, while others have spent years breaking down barriers and want to reach out to this younger generation; all are active in unions or in sister movements like the National Organization for Women and American Rights at Work.

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Lauree Hayden talking in the video
SEIU's Lauree Hayden

explains why unions matter to younger workers..

Photo of Kimberly Freeman Brown speaking
Kimberly Freeman Brown

of American Rights at Work talks about doing what's right.

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Gladys Cisneros of the Solidarity Center,

AFL-CIO, describes how younger activists can make a difference.


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IBEW trainer Kevin Burton,

a Berger-Marks Foundation trustee, shares her ideas about leadership development.

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NOW President Terry O'Neill

talks about how the women's movement and the labor movement can work together.

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Brenda Moon, an AFL-CIO

Staff Representative, shares new insights on mentoring young union leaders.


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Rosa Blumenfeld of the North Shore Labor Council,

AFL-CIO, explains why she fights passionately for social justice.

Find out more about the 'Stepping Up, Stepping Back' summit and the report that resulted from it.