CHARLOTTE, N.C.—As Rosa DeLauro took a stand for equal pay on a national stage, a woman who toiled in a New Britain hardware factory sang out a mighty “all right!”

Shirley Black, a 72-year-old New Britain councilwoman, was one of the two dozen Connecticut delegates who got to the Time Warner Cable Arena in time Tuesday to see Connecticut U.S. Rep. DeLauro of New Haven take the stage on the first night of the Democratic National Convention here.

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