Lower East Side Women – a brief timeline

In 1917, they fought for the right to vote.

Six years before, in 1911, twenty thousand of them rose up to demand better working conditions in the factories – the largest women’s strike ever seen in America.

Four years before that, in 1907, Lower East Side women organized 10,000 poor families in a rent strike against the landlords.

But in 1902 — none of this had happened.  No one had thought of women playing such a role.  Because this was the beginning.

– from ‘The Great Struggle for Cheap Meat” based on the Kosher Meat Boycott of 1902

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