AFL-CIO’s Women’s History Month Profile: Royetta Sanford

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Reprinted from the AFL-CIO blog Now by Kenneth Quinnell on March 8, 2021.

This year, for Women’s History Month, [the AFL-CIO is] taking a look at a group of leaders who are currently active making women’s history across the labor movement. Check back daily for a new profile and meet some of the people working to improve not only their community, but also to improve conditions for working people across the country. Today’s profile is Royetta Sanford.

Royetta Sanford oversaw the first international women’s conference for the Electrical Workers (IBEW) in 1997. Since then, she convened a committee on women’s issues and launched a department within the IBEW International Office that focuses on women’s and civil rights. She then served as the first director of that department. Sanford recently retired from her position as director of human services for the IBEW.

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