For immediate release
June 21, 2006
Pioneer activist and lobbyist died June 20
(Washington, DC) – Evelyn Dubrow, a longtime ILGWU and UNITE lobbyist and legislative director, passed away June 20. She was 95. The daughter of a union carpenter and little sister of a suffragette became famous fighting for labor rights as a Congressional lobbyist for the ILGWU, starting in 1956. She founded the Coalition of Labor Union Women and Americans for Democratic Action, where she tackled difficult issues from fair trade to civil rights. In 1999, President Clinton awarded her the Medal of Freedom – the nation’s highest civilian honor – for her role in winning social justice for all Americans.
“Evy Dubrow may have stood only 5 feet tall, but she was a giant in the halls of Congress,” said Bruce Raynor, UNITE HERE General President. “For decades, she fought tirelessly on behalf of low-wage workers, for women’s rights, for living wages and safe workplaces. She became a legend in Washington, but to thousands of garment workers across this nation, they knew her as a friend and trustworthy ally, capable to taking on major corporations and challenging the political elite.”
Evy is survived by 5 grand nieces, all living in California. The family is planning a fall memorial service. To get details when they become available, please contact Zaina Tannu-Khan at 212-265-7000 or [email protected]