Women in the U.S. have been organizing for almost 200 years. Here are some notable dates from the 19th century:
1824: Women weavers (as well as men) strike in Pawtucket, RI
1825: United Tailoresses Society forms and strikes.
1829: Female millworkers in Taunton, MA strike.
1834: Women in the Lowell, MA textile mills strike.
1836: The Factory Girls Association leads a strike of 1500 women in Lowell, MA.
1866: Washerwomen in Jackson, MI organize and create standard rates for work.
1867: the national Cigar Makers Union accepts female members.
1869: the first national women’s labor union, Daughters of St. Crispin, forms.
1877: “Mother Jones” begins a life of action by supporting striking railroad workers.
1881: 3,000 washerwomen strike in Atlanta, GA.
1886: The Knights of Labor adds a women’s department.
1892: The American Federation of Labor hires a female organizer.
from “they’re Bankrupting Us!” by Bill Fletcher Jr.