"Mary Kay Henry is the first woman to serve as international president of the 2-million-member Service Employees International Union, or SEIU. She joined SEIU as staff 35 years ago and led efforts to unite healthcare workers and enact historic health care reforms. In 2010, Mary Kay was unanimously elected international president. Under her leadership, SEIU members have joined together on the job to win better wages and benefits and build better communities by achieving justice for working families, immigrants, and communities of color across the country.
"Henry, the daughter of a salesman and a teacher and the eldest daughter of 10, learned organizing skills early on, seizing on the ideal that the power of a group working together for the benefit of the whole was key to making things happen. She grew up in a suburb of Detroit at a time when working people had a strong union voice they used to build the middle class. Her childhood experiences in Detroit and her deep faith as a Roman Catholic instilled in her a deep commitment to opening the doors to opportunity for everyone and not just the few at the top."