Karen Nussbaum, as a clerk-typist, turned her grievances about low pay and low respect for women into a national effort to organize women office workers. Founder of 9to5, Karen Nussbaum later served as director of the 9to5 district of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), director of the Women's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor under President Clinton, and director of the AFL-CIO Working Women's Department.
Selected Karen Nussbaum Quotations
• The true face of the unions is not now a man in a hard hat as much as it is a woman in a classroom or in cleaning smocks.
• If we continue the way we are going, market forces will not solve the pay gap until 2050. That means my youngest daughter's youngest daughter can expect equal pay.
• Every individual is capable of extraordinary things, but no one can accomplish anything by themselves. Working women should count, but the only way we'll make that true is if we work together.
• There are questions of real power and then there are questions of phony authority. You have to break through the phony authority to begin to fight the real questions of power.
• It is women who primarily provide health care for their families, women who end up taking their kids to the doctor and caring for the other dependents in the family. I think that it's a day-to-day family management crisis for women in a bigger sense than it might be for men.
• If you can't afford child care, then you work a different schedule than your husband. (on women's solutions to child care challenges)
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Quote collection assembled by Jone Johnson Lewis. Each quotation page in this collection and the entire collection © Jone Johnson Lewis. This is an informal collection assembled over many years. I regret that I am not be able to provide the original source if it is not listed with the quote.
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