Elizabeth Gurley Flynn was one of the major participants in the Patterson Silk Strike. This is Joe Hill’s tribute to one of the founding members of the IWW.
This is one of Joe Hill’s last songs, written in his death row prison cell in 1915, and one of the few for which he wrote both words and music. It was inspired by IWW leader Elizabeth Gurley Flynn (1890-1964), who has “The Rebel Girl” written on her epitaph. It is performed here by the New Jersey State Industrial Union Council’s Solidarity Singers. It was recorded at the Labor Fightback Conference at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, May 10, 2013, by Robin Yilmaz