“My Underlying Goal was Always to Empower Women. Get Them to Learn Their Rights and to Exercise Them!”
Women’s rights, labor and civil rights activist. Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. YWCA. The first woman UAW official (1940s); organized UAW’s women’s department; and served as special assistant to Walter Reuther from 1944 –1976. Early NOW member. Founding member of the National Women’s Political Caucus (1971) and the Michigan Women’s Foundation (now Michigan Women Forward) (1986). Coalition of Labor Union Women, Emily’s List, Americans for Democratic Action, the National Abortion Rights League and the American Civil Liberties Union. Inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame in 1983.
Veteran Feminists of America honors labor leader Millie Jeffrey at the Seventh Regiment Armory, New York City, April 1998
Photo 1. Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson and Millie Jeffrey, photographer Tony Spina. Photo 2. Nikki Beare, Jacqui Ceballos and Millie, 1998.