Women's Committee


Women’s Empowerment Committee

There is no force equal to a woman determined to rise.
–W.E.B. Dubois

The mission of the Women’s Empowerment Committee is to be the change we want to see in our world.

We will achieve this by educating our members on the issues that affect women. We will empower one another to boldly step out to fight for the rights of our members and all Californians to have a good life, live in sustainable communities and enjoy the fruits of social, economic and environmental justice.

We will model leadership excellence and mentor the next generation of SEIU Women, to create a legacy of visionary leaders to move us into the future.


Celebrating Black History Month

Selected by Women’s Empowerment Committee Member Theresa Taylor

Aretha Louise Franklin was born on March 25, 1942, to Barbara Siggers and Clarence LaVaughn
(C.L.) Franklin. Franklin began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan, where her father C.L. Franklin was a minister.


Local 1000 Celebrates Black History Month
Sojourner Truth - 1797-1883

Sojourner Truth, a former slave who fought for others’ rights,inspires me that we can work together for all human rights; helping others to find jobs, housing, and freedom for those enslaved. This stature of a woman showed me that with God’s help we can make a difference. ~ Karon GReen

Selected by Women’s Empowerment Committee Member Karon Green


Local 1000 Celebrates Black History Month
Shirley Chisholm

Selected by Women’s Empowerment Committee Member Cecilia Dagher

Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm was the first African American woman in Congress (1968) and the first woman and African American to seek the nomination for president of the United States from one of the two major political parties (1972). Her motto and title of her autobiography — Unbought and Unbossed — illustrates her outspoken advocacy for women and minorities during her seven terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Women of Color and the Fight for Women’s Suffrage

After the passage of the 19 Amendment, many women of color still found themselves unable to vote for a variety of reasons. These are the stories of Black, Native American, Asian, and Latina suffragettes who fought for their voices to be heard.

Read more about women of Color and the Fight for Women’s Suffrage here.


WEC 2020 shirts

Get your WEC 2020 shirt celebrating 100 years of Women’s political power! The shirt is free. Members pay $7.75 USPS flat rate postage. 

Email: seiu1000wec@seiul000.org to get yours! 

Limited qty. Sizes Small to 3X


Statewide Conference Call 
The Rise of Human Trafficking & Exploitation

California is one of the Largest sites of human trafficking in the United States. More than 3000,000 young people in the U.S. are considered “at risk” of sexual exploitation.

Trafficking for sexual exploitation is in our communities.

Join the call with Women’s Empowerment Committee, and learn how to keep our Children safe from online predators. Hear who is most at risk. What should you do if you think your child has been targeted and much more.


The Women’s Empowerment Committee celebrates Black History Month 2020.
Activist: Rosa Parks

The work of Rosa Parks is a reminder that people’s individual actions can lead to extraordinary change. And that as Union activists, we too can forge change as did Ms. Parks. 

Montgomery Bus Boycott:

On December 1, 1955, we all know that Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, public bus, when asked to do so for a white man.  This single action of civil disobedience kicked off the Montgomery Bus Boycott that lasted for over a year.


WEC LUNAFEST Women’s Film Festival
Sacramento, Los Angeles, Fresno.

Women’s Empowerment Committee
Sacramento: 2nd Annual LUNAFEST 2019
​Los Angeles: 2nd Annual LUNAFEST 2019 
Fresno: LUNAFEST 2019 (First Time)

Friday, September 20, 2019

5:30 p.m. Dinner 
6:30 p.m. Screening

Sacramento Location:
SEIU Local 1000
1325 S Street,
Sacramento, CA 95811.
Parking is free.

Los Angeles Location:
SEIU Local 1000
315 W. 9th Street, 2nd Floor,
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Validated Parking only at: 
Athena Garage, 
220 W. 9th street, 
Corner of 9th & Hill St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Fresno Location:
SEIU Local 1000
6725 N. Willow Street, Suite 101,
Fresno, CA 93710
Parking is free. 


The Women’s Empowerment Committee celebrates Black History Month
Henrietta Lacks: A medical experiment that is still saving lives today

Henrietta Lacks is best known as the source of cells that form the HeLa line, used extensively in medical research since the 1950s.

The HeLa strain revolutionized medical research. Jonas Salk used the HeLa strain to develop the polio vaccine, sparking mass interest in the cells. As demand grew, scientists cloned the cells in 1955. 

Since that time, over ten thousand patents involving HeLa cells have been registered. Researchers have used the cells to study disease and to test human sensitivity to new products and substances.


The Women’s Empowerment Committee celebrates Black History Month
Golfer, Tennis Player, Athlete: Althea Gibson

Before there was Venus & Serena Williams, there was Althea Gibson.

Her great talent was in tennis, but in the 1940s and ’50s, most tournaments were closed to African Americans. Gibson kept playing (and winning) until her skills could no longer be denied, and in 1951, she became the first African American to play at Wimbledon. Gibson won the women’s singles and doubles at Wimbledon in 1957, and won the U.S. Open in 1958.