The Women’s Protective Union (WPU) was established in Butte in June 1890. The union was responsible for fighting for the rights of women to have higher wages and equal opportunities. The network of women included strong figures such as Bridget Shea, Lena Mattausch, and Val Webster. The Women’s Protective Union helped women in Butte and around the nation achieve equal working rights. In 1973, the Women’s Protective Union merged with the Cooks and Waiters Union ending 83 years of gender organized unionism.

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