Women's Labor History: A First Look

We will explore women’s organizing and membership in unions from 1900 to the present, looking at what others have found and doing some “detective work” ourselves. Women’s earlier labor struggles will give us a basis for analyzing the struggles nurses and other groups of women are facing at work now. Topics will include: The Rising of the 20,000, the Triangle (Shirt) Waist Factory Fire; the International Ladies Garment Workers Union and “social unionism”; the Woolworth’s sit-down strike; the National Labor Relations Act and Taft-Hartley; the post war period and beyond. ... Women