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  • Writer's pictureTraci Dority-Shanklin

“Aunt Sylvia” & How Far Women Have Come Since The 1960s

When I spoke with Wendell Young IV, the president of the UFCW Local 1776 and the International Foundation on The World of Multiemployer Benefit Funds podcast, it struck me as to how recent it was that women were treated unfairly and paid differently than men for the exact same work.

As recently as the 1950’s and 60’s, it’s hard to believe that a lot of labor contracts had lower wage rates for women written into them since the prevailing logic of the day dictated that a woman’s place was in the home, so she didn’t need to work or require as much money since she was not the primary wage earner.

In the clip below, Wendell Young IV reminds listeners and me just how far women have come since the 1960’s. I love this story he shares about “Aunt Sylvia,” the first female business agent at the UFCW Local 1776, and the pushback his father, Wendell Young III, endured when he championed equal pay for equal work back when it was an unpopular and radical idea:

Whether you’re at home, in the car, at your job, or on your workout, I hope you’ll join me, Traci Dority-Shanklin, the union and client advocate with over twenty-five years of experience in Taft-Hartley funds and DB plans, on The World of Multiemployer Benefit Funds podcast at Buzzsprout, Apple Podcasts, or right here on our website,

Be informed. Be inspired. Be part of the change!

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