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Terry Anise King,  President

WILD Board of Directors



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108 Myrtle St.   4th Floor

Quincy,  MA 02171


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What unites the women of WILD?  Our commitment to:

  • fight for economic justice;
  • promote grassroots activism; and
  • challenge racism, sexism, homophobia and all forms of oppression.        

We provide education, training and support to help women become ever more effective organizers and leaders: in their unions and the labor movement as a whole; in the political arena and within their communities.


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Interim Organizing Director

WILD is hiring!

The Women’s Institute for Leadership Development seeks an Assistant Director who is excited to build an intersectional movement for working women in unions and workers’ organizations.This is a part-time position based in Quincy, Massachusetts.

The Assistant Director will work closely with the Organizing Director and the Board to oversee outreach, administration and development for WILD.

The Assistant Director will work approximately 20 hours/week. Hours and location are somewhat flexible, upon approval of the Organizing Director.

See full job description here.

Applicants should send a cover letter and resume


2022 WILD Summer Institute 


 WILD held our 36th Annual Summer Institute June 25-26. We had hoped to be able to get back to a weekend-long in-person Summer Institute this year. But the continuing COVID pandemic did not comply. Instead, we held a hybrid event. Saturday online, and Sunday we met outdoors at a state park in Worcester. For more details, see the 2022 Summer Institute page.


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It is with great sadness that we announce the recent passing of long-time WILD leader Kathy Casavant. Kathy was a member of the WILD Board for many years, and then took on the job of Executive Director after she retired from the Mass. AFL-CIO, where she had served as Secretary-Treasurer (the only woman to have ever held that post.)

Kathy brought extensive knowledge of, and experience in, the Mass labor movement, which benefited WILD enormously. But more than that, her passion for supporting and promoting the activism and leadership of women made her beloved by everyone who came into WILD's orbit. She was a leader, but also a teacher, a mentor, a friend. She will forever be in our hearts.

You can see her obituary in the Boston Globe here, or visit her online memorial page here.



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WILD celebró nuestro 36º Instituto Anual de Verano del 25 al 26 de junio. Esperábamos poder volver a un Instituto de Verano de un fin de semana, en persona,  este año. Pero la continua pandemia de COVID no cooperó con nosotras. En lugar de eso, llevamos a cabo un evento híbrido. El sábado era en línea y el domingo nos reunimos al aire libre en un parque estatal en Worcester. Para obtener más detalles, consulte la página del Instituto de verano de 2022.



Kathy Casavant

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Con gran tristeza anunciamos el reciente fallecimiento de Kathy Casavant, líder de WILD desde hace mucho tiempo. Kathy fue miembro de la Junta de WILD durante muchos años y luego asumió el cargo de Directora Ejecutiva después de jubilarse de la AFL-CIO de Massachusetts, donde se desempeñó como Secretaria-Tesorera (la única mujer que ocupó ese cargo).
Kathy aportó un amplio conocimiento y experiencia en el movimiento obrero de Massachusetts, lo que benefició enormemente a WILD. Pero más que eso, su pasión por apoyar y promover el activismo y el liderazgo de las mujeres la hizo querida por todos las que entraron en la órbita de WILD. Era una líder, pero también una maestra, una mentora, una amiga. Ella estará por siempre en nuestros corazones.
Puede ver su obituario en el Boston Globe aquí, o visitar su página conmemorativa en línea aquí.

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Instituto de Verão 2022 WILD


A WILD realizou nosso 36º Instituto Anual de Verão de 25 a 26 de junho. Esperávamos poder voltar a um Instituto de Verão presencial de um fim de semana este ano. Mas a contínua pandemia de COVID não cooperou conosco. Em vez disso, realizamos um evento híbrido. Sábado foi online e domingo nos encontramos ao ar livre em um parque estadual em Worcester. Para obter mais detalhes, consulte a página do Instituto de Verão de 2022.


Kathy Casavant
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É com grande tristeza que anunciamos o recente falecimento da líder de longa data do WILD, Kathy Casavant. Kathy foi membra do WILD Board por muitos anos, e então assumiu o cargo de Diretora Executiva depois que se aposentou da Mass. AFL-CIO, onde atuou como Secretária-Tesoureira (a única mulher a ocupar esse cargo).
Kathy trouxe amplo conhecimento e experiência no movimento trabalhista de Massachusetts, o que beneficiou enormemente a WILD. Mas mais do que isso, sua paixão por apoiar e promover o ativismo e a liderança das mulheres a tornou amada por todos que entraram na órbita da WILD. Ela era uma líder, mas também uma professora, uma mentora, uma amiga. Ela estará para sempre em nossos corações.
Você pode ver seu obituário no Boston Globe aqui, ou visitar sua página memorial online aqui.
Um memorial será realizado no domingo, 5 de junho, das 17h às 19h no salão IBEW 103 na Freeport Street em Dorchester. Clique aqui para responder


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Read WILD's statement on the ongoing epidemic of racist violence on our News page.




WILD in the Winter 2022

Fighting for Racial Justice!

WILD in the Winter 2022 brought together women from around the state and beyond to discuss ways to fight racial injustice, and to honor heroines from around the world  who have stood up for racial justice throughout history.

The first workshop focused on K-12 education. How can we make sure our children are brought up in an environment that rejects racism and other forms of oppression and that celebrates the contributions of all the world's peoples to the building of a just society? This is a very important issue now, as the right wing attacks any mention of racism or gender oppression in public education around the country.

Our second workshop highlighted the lives and accomplishments of 5 heroines from history who stood up against racial oppression. The heroines were:

Rigoberta Menchú from Guatemala
Ella Baker from the USA
Suzanne Sanité Belair from Haiti
Leila Gonzalez from Brazil
Lucila Saico Yauri from Peru

It was inspiring to hear about women from around the world who have contributed so much to the fight for social justice.

One of the most exciting parts of the day was the participation of Peruvian Social Communicator and Human Rights Activist Alejandrina Calancha Monge, who spoke to us from Peru about pioneer Quechua activist  Lucila Saico Yauri.  WILD goes global!


Leadership Workshop in Kreyol

On November 11, WILD held its first-ever workshop in Haitian Kreyol, led by Haitian-American Board member Bianca Pierre.  Another Board member, Isabel Lopez, has been working with Haitian American women in the Brockton Workers Alliance. She said some of them were really interested in WILD's Leadership workshop, but would need to have it given in Kreyol. Thanks to the BWA, we got the materials for the workshop translated into Kreyol, and Bianca led a very successful session. The women who attended were excited about WILD and hope for more offerings in Kreyol in the future.  We, too, are excited about continuing to work with these amazing women and expanding our capabilities in this direction.


Online Workshops om Sexual Harassment and Gender Violence

On August 21 and 28, WILD held a pair of online workshops on Fighting Back Against Sexual Harassment and Gender-Based Violence. The workshops were held bi-lingually, in English and Spanish. Over 30 women signed up from Massachusetts and beyond. By all accounts, the participants enjoyed the workshop and learned from it-- and from each other.


One positive side-effect of the COVID pandemic has been that we have learned how to give online workshops, which allows us to offer additional programs between the Winter and Summer Institutes, and also to extend our reach beyond the state. We plan to continue to do this even after we are able to return to in-person activities.



2021 WILD Summer Institute


 WILD held our 35th Annual Summer Institute online June 25-26. Close to 70 women registered, from many different unions and organizations. Participants came from as far as Venice, Italy. For a more detailed account, see our 2021 Summer Institute page.

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WILD in the Winter, 2021

 On March 13, some 50-plus women took part in our WILD in the Winter program, "You Can't Pour from an Empty Cup: Keeping Ourselves and Others Healthy”. They came from all over Massachusetts and from nine other states. Thanks to Zoom, we were able to share our program with people as far away as the West Coast. They were caregivers, utility workers, teachers, healthcare workers and more, from a variety of unions, workers’ centers and community organizations.

At a time when many of us were feeling worn out and beaten up by everything going on around us—the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the other epidemic of violence against African Americans and other People of Color in this country – the self-care theme resonated deeply with many women. Taking our cue from the words of Audre Lord,  “Caring for myself is not an act of self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare”, we put together a day of informative workshops, animated discussion and fun.

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The morning began with a moving talk from Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards. Councilor Edwards is herself a WILD alum, and thus knew her audience well. You can see her remarks here.

Her talk was followed by 2 workshops, each of them conducted bilingually. One was on “Constructing Self Care”, and was led by Milagros Barreto of MassCOSH. The other was “Refilling our Cups: How do we address our burnout individually and collectively?” facilitated by Melissa Markstrom  from SHARE-AFSCME and Prachi Goyal from the Pioneer Valley Worker Center. PowerPoint slides of the 2 workshops can be downloaded using the links above. At this time, they are available in English only.

 After a short break, we reconvened in small groups for discussions of the tactics and practices we use to take care of ourselves, and the steps we can take to take care of our communities during these hard times.

The day ended with a rousing zoom “party”.


2020 WILD Summer Institute

WILD held out first ever online Summer Institute on June 27. The theme was "Women taking charge during the pandemic: We will survive!, and workshop topics focused on issues that women are facing because of the COVID epidemic. It was a great success. Read more about it on the Summer Institute 2020 page.

See U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley's opening keynote speech on our Facebook page



WILD "Thank you" Meet and Greet: October 29, 5:30-8:30 at the WILD office. Women and a few men from the WILD community came together on the evening of October 29 and shared a delicious meal, and speeches. Several WILD participants gave moving testimony about the way the Summer Institute has impacted their lives.











2019 WILD Summer Institute

held June 21, 22 and 23 at Worcester State University

Our 2019 Summer Institute was one of our most successful ever. Over 130 women attended, from close to 20 different unions and several non-profit organizations, workers centers, and community groups.

There were workshops in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Excellent trilingual interpretation was provided by Mass Translations.

See more on the Summer Institute 2019 page


Here are a few photos:

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Leadership class taught by Erin and Prachi 


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Leadership class taught by Anneta and Fatmata



Trafficking classTrafficking class

Workshop on Human Trafficking taught by Nat and Tess      


You can see more photos from the Institute on the Summer Institute 2019 page and on our Facebook page