The Sextant Christopher Newport University’s On-Line History Journal

Vol. 9, Fall/Winter 2012-13

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The industrial feminists spawned a movement caused by the desperate need for workers, especially young women workers, to have a voice in the capitalist system. One of the leading working-class female activists, Rose Schneiderman (see Image 1), sought to unionize women workers in the earliest part of the Twentieth Century. In her own words, she and other women unionizers were fighting for “bread and roses.” The “bread” or main goals of the industrial working-class women's movement were shorter hours, safer working conditions, and better pay. Although the female industrial activists were also seeking women's equality and suffrage in the long term, these “roses” were not the most "

 

Contents

Introduction

 


Coddington

Garmon

Grozbean

Hilleary-Nasser

King

Keene

Viar

Judkins

Plarr
Ruble
Shaughnessy
Buxbaum
Herbert
Porter