In 1909, Clara Lemlich, a young Jewish refugee from Russia to New York City, sparked the first great women's strike in American history by speaking uninvited to several thousand foreign born teenage sweatshop workers to urge a revolt against intolerable conditions. Over the next three months, Lemlich faced beatings and arrests, but the “Uprising of 20,000” inspired a rare coalition of poor immigrants, middle-class reformers, and feminists. Why did this landmark strike occur? How did it change America?
Co-sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program and the History Department. All are welcome.