The Women of Labor

The Women of Labor 25 Women that helped build the Working Class   Labor history is full of contributions from women. Sometimes these contributions were a lifetime dedication to unions and civil rights, other times they gave their lives for the movement. But too often, unions are looked upon as men’s organizations, but in 2014, … Read more

The Women of Labor – 3

Women of Labor – 3 Margaret Haley “Educate in order that your children may be free. Only through the freedom of their teachers could the children remain free.” Irish Proverb often quoted by Margaret Haley. (November 15, 1861 – January 6, 1939) Margaret Haley was a teacher and unionist who was dubbed the “lady labor … Read more

The Women of Labor – 5

Women of Labor – 5 Rose Pesotta (Nov. 20, 1896 – Dec. 6, 1965) Rose Pesotta arrived in New York in 1913 and joined Local 25 of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, ironically run mostly by white men who had little or no interest in organizing female dressmakers. A month after Rose arrived, 4,000 … Read more

The Women of Labor – 1

 Women of Labor – 1 Francis Perkins “The people are what matter to government, and a government should aim to give all the people under its jurisdiction the best possible life.” (April 10, 1880 – May 14, 1965) – Frances Perkins became the first woman appointed to a U.S. Cabinet position when she became FDR’s … Read more

The Women of Labor – 2

Women of Labor – 2 Dolores Huerta “Every single day we sit down to eat, breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and at our table, we have food that was planted, picked, or harvested by a farm worker. Why is it that the people who do the most sacred work in our nation are the most oppressed, … Read more

The Women of Labor 4

Women of Labor 4  Ai-Jen Poo “One thing I’ve learned, in the face of all kinds of indignities, domestic workers take so much pride in their work and love the children they care for.” (Born 1974) Ai-Jen Poo is the director the National Domestic Workers Alliance and has been organizing domestic workers for nearly 20 … Read more