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Girl Power: How Clara Lemlich Changed the World

Nov 24 | Sun |
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In November 1909, a young garment worker named Clara Lemlich stopped showing up at her job. Like many girls on the Lower East Side, Clara was a recent immigrant from Eastern Europe and she not only went to school, she also worked 11-hour days making dresses. Angered by harsh working conditions, Clara’s fiery speech to a crowd of thousands at a union meeting sparking what newspapers called the “Revolt of the Girls” - 20,000 garment workers organized a walk-out at their factory jobs! Within months, that massive strike produced important changes to labor laws and working conditions. Join us for this special family program to learn more about what girls’ lives were like in the early 1900s, and how one brave activist made them so much better! Recommended for children five and up and their adult companions.

Venue: Museum at Eldridge Street

12 Eldridge Street Map