Online Exhibit

The 181st Erie County Fair has been postponed until next year due to the Coronavirus. This year’s theme was: A Women From Your Town That Changed History. Since we were not able to display our normal exhibit at the Fair, we have decided to share a small portion of what our exhibit would have contained here online.

Marion Polakov: Secretary for the United Steelworkers of America

Marion Polakov was a lifelong resident of Buffalo. She started work at the Steel Worker’s Organizing Committee in 1937 at 17 years old.  Marion stayed with the organization as it became the United Steelworkers of America in 1942, as a secretary to Vice President Joe Molony.  In addition to her secretarial duties, she had served as Secretary-Treasurer for the District 4 Compensation Committee since its inception in 1943.

Miss Polakov remained with the committee for 22 years, until moving to Pittsburgh in 1965 to work with the International United Steelworkers of America chapter.  In addition to her advocacy for trade unionism, she was also the first woman appointed to a municipal commission in Buffalo.  She served two terms on the Zoning Board of Appeals.