1 Reply Latest reply on Jul 19, 2021 1:04 PM by Charleen Vocca

    Seeking connection between Women and workers movement

    Susanne Knoblauch Newbie

      I am interested in the connection of the middle class women’s right activists with the working women of the lower class, industrial workers etc. The suffragettes have been concentrating on voting rights for white middle class women for several reasons but subjects that were more urgent for working women such as abortion rights, equal pay, child care, etc. were not addressed. Who, when and where can I find documents about a connection or disconnection?

        • Re: Seeking connection between Women and workers movement
          Charleen Vocca Adventurer

          Dear Ms. Knoblauch,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located 15 series, 36 file units, and 2 items in the Records of the Women's Bureau (Record Group 86) that include women workers or working women. We also located 6 file units & 3 items in Record Group 86 that pertain to the League of Women Voters. Some of these records have been digitized and available for viewing using the Catalog. For information about the non-digitized records, please contact National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at Archives2reference@nara.gov.


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          We also located the following article from the National Park Service (NPS) that discusses the complex relationship between the suffrage movement and racial equality, African American Women and the Nineteenth Amendment


          Finally, we suggest looking into two of the earliest U.S. women industrial workers who advocated for workers’ unions and social justice in the 1910s and beyond, such as in this NPS article about Rose Schneiderman, and this one from PBS, Clara Lemlich and the Uprising of the 20,000


          We hope this is helpful.  Best of luck in your research!

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