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.


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.


The Women’s Empowerment Committee celebrates Black History Month
Actress, Dorothy Dandridge

Who Was Dorothy Dandridge?

Born in 1922 in Cleveland, Ohio, Dorothy Dandridge found early success in show business by performing with her sister, leading to her first appearances in film. Following her star turn in the 1954 musical Carmen Jones, she became the first African American to be nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award. 

In 2000, film star Halle Berry won Golden Globe and Emmy awards for her portrayal of the groundbreaking actress in an acclaimed HBO movie, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge.

Photo gallery


Thank you to everyone who attended LUNAFEST. The movies were great and having two of the filmmakers with us to answer questions made it a special event. We will definitely be doing this again next year!

Let’s support the filmmakers who came out to be with us.

Megan Brotherton, Writer and Director of Buttercup, needs 1000 followers in thirty (30) days for an opportunity to pitch her first feature film.

Click here to follow her progress.


Celebrating Pride Month

The Women’s Empowerment Committee stands in solidarity with our sisters and brothers of the Lavender Committee & all LGBTQ people. 


Women’s History Month
Eva Peron

In honor of Women’s History Month, our Women’s Empowerment Committee Chair, Tracie Kimbrough is celebrating the life and legacy of Eva Peron.

Eva Peron or ‘Evita’
1919 – 1952

Eva was a powerful political figure amongst working class trade union members who inspired millions with her campaigns to help the poor and give women the right to vote. Her supporters said she was a saint who strove to overcome poverty and injustice. 


Women’s History Month
Yay Panlilio

DLC 725 President, Misty del Rosario, is commemorating Yay Panlilio for Women’s History Month.

Yay Panlilio 
1913 – 1978

Panlilio was a Filipino American WWII Heroine and United States Medal of Freedom with Silver Palm recipient.