Women of the year lunch celebrates NUJ women
13 October 2009
Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ deputy general secretary, and Anita Halpin, NUJ treasurer, were two of only ten trade union women at this year's Women of the Year lunch.
Now in its 54th year, the lunch celebrates the achievment of women across 40 different categories of work and community activity, both national and international.
Trade unionism was not recognised as an appropriate category until the mid-sixties when the late Mikki Doyle, women's editor of the Morning Star, who represented Women in Media on the lunch's nominating council, championed the cause of women trades unionists.
Other union women at yesterday's lunch included Sheila Bearcroft, Trades Union Congress President 2008/2009; Annette Mansell, Green TUC Women's Conference chair 2009, and Ann Henderson, Scottish TUC assistant secretary.
Michelle Stanistreet, who last year became the first woman elected to one of the NUJ's top two jobs, said:
"It was pleasing to see trade unionism recognised as an important and useful activity in society.
"We have a growing proportion of women in the NUJ. I hope more will be encouraged to take the next step and take an active part."
Anita Halpin was awarded the TUC gold badge last month.