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Stephanie Bloomingdale takes charge as first woman to head Wisconsin AFL-CIO

If there is a thread that runs through Stephanie Bloomingdale’s life, it is this: She stands up for her beliefs and doesn’t fear taking on the powerful.

Like when she was a second-grader on a playground in rural Dodge County sticking up for a girl being picked on by a bunch of boys. Or while at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, studying political science, serving in student government and expanding her horizons to fighting for justice.

Or over the past eight years when Wisconsin’s labor movement absorbed bruising setbacks on issues like Act 10, right-to-work and prevailing wage law and yet Bloomingdale and others stayed in the ring.

“When something is wrong, you still have to fight, no matter what the outcome is going to be,” she said.

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