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Saturday, July 8 • 11:30am - 1:00pm
Women in the U.S. Labor Movement: 1840 to the Second World War

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At the IWW founding convention in 1905, Lucy Parsons called women workers the “slaves of the slaves…exploited more ruthlessly than men.” Women have always had to fight on two fronts—for equal pay, conditions, and dignity on the job, as well as confront the burden of housework and childrearing. From the very beginning of the labor movement, women have played stirring roles as leaders in the streets and on the shop floor. Women workers have had to battle vicious employers and combat sexist unions. They have had to challenge their male counterparts not only to fight alongside women for common class demands, but also to champion women’s full equality and liberation. This is the history of women workers’ conditions, struggles, defeats, and triumphs.

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Dana Blanchard

Dana currently works at Haymarket Books and is based in Chicago. Previously she has been an elementary school teacher and union organizer in California.

Saturday July 8, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
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