Sunday, March 8, 2020

International Women's Day

To All My Women Friends: Happy International Women's Day!

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This was the slogan of the 1919 Lawrence, Mass. Textile Workers Strike.

The short story is in 1919 the State of Massachusetts reduced the work week from 56 hours to 54 hours. The textile mill responded to this action by reducing the (mostly Women) workers pay by the two hours. They were only paid 16 cents an hour to begin with so this put a great strain on their ability to help feed their families. They were fed up and did what workers all over the world do. They went on strike.

Click this link to hear Utah Plillips' great rendition of James Oppenheim's song that became the anthem of the Lawrence Textile Strike.


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