Business and Commerce

Labor Unions

When did African-American women become union leaders?

African-American women became involved in labor union leadership by the last quarter of the twentieth century. As a member of the national executive board of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen, Addie L. Wyatt (1924–2012) became the first black woman labor executive, in 1976. That year she also became an international vice president of the union and was the first black woman to hold this leadership role in an international union.


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