When Women Went On Strike
Women workers played a unique role in the 1912 Lawrence,
Massachusetts, textile mills strike. The strike began spontaneously
the first payday after Massachusetts passed a law reducing the
maximum work hours for women and children. Mill owners used the law
to justify lowering wages in an industry already marked by poor pay
and working conditions. When Polish women opened their pay envelopes
they began shouting, "Short pay!" and calling for a strike, which
eventually involved 23,000 workers from 25 different ethnic groups.
Tactics included mass picketing and huge solidarity parades, in
which women carried signs reading, "We want bread and roses too!"
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