This course is offered by the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations in conjunction with the union AFSCME DC 37 (the New York City local of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees). It is part of a 12-credit series of courses that serves as a women’s leadership program for the union and that includes courses on critical thinking and writing and the workings of a union. All the students are DC 37 members, working full-time in a wide range of jobs from civilian police support to parks department maintenance. The courses are offered free to union members who qualify. Many of the students are very active in their union, which, combined with full-time jobs and family obligations, makes for tight schedules. Some students have previous college experience, some have not completed high school, others have limited English language skills. Students’ writing abilities are evaluated early in the semester, so they can receive assistance if necessary to complete the course. The point is to help each of them achieve a broad understanding of the role of women workers and the successes and failures of workers organizing in U.S. history. The union and Cornell view the course as a way to help working women achieve and perhaps continue college level study within a supportive environment that recognizes their work life and union activism.