from Allegro Magazine
We are pleased to report on the first meeting of the Women of 802 Caucus. Members who were female, female-identifying and non-binary – and their allies – gathered for a curated discussion in the Club Room. Over appetizers and drinks, members made connections that transcended generations and industries.
Women’s committees and caucuses have existed since male and female unions merged in the early 20th century. While men and women in labor have always shared the same goals of fair wages and working conditions, issues of gender inequality naturally emerged in workplaces, just as in the broader society. Local 802 is following in the footsteps of national unions such as the UAW, the Teamsters and the United Postal Workers in creating a space to formulate initiatives in support of gender parity and inclusion, as well as ways of supporting the needs unique to our members who are women, women-identifying, and gender nonconforming.
We opened the meeting with a discussion led by Georgia Stitt (the founder of Maestra and an accomplished composer, lyricist, music supervisor and educator) and Mary-Mitchell Campbell (a Maestra member and music director for “Mean Girls” and “The Prom”). As 802 members and strong advocates of women’s rights in the workplace, they discussed some of the issues they’ve observed and encountered in their careers. After a robust conversation, caucus members broke out into smaller groups to brainstorm ideas for initiatives and progras that could foster support and solidarity among musicians. The proposals suggested by each group generally fell into three categories: intergenerational support, workplace education, and collecting demographic data throughout our industries.
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