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Labor History Landmark: No. 2 Tenements on 6th or 7th Streets

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Top 11 Labor History Landmarks in New York City
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The Top 11 Labor History Landmarks in New York City is a blog series on Jewesses with Attitude created in honor of Women's History Month and the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Waist Factory fire. Learn more about the series here, or check out JWA's online walking tour.

The "Top 11" Landmarks in Jewish Women's Labor History

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Top 11 Labor History Landmarks in New York City

Physical places add an important dimension to our understanding of history. This was the impetus behind JWA's effort to put Jewish women "On the Map." This month, we have been commemorating the centennial of the Triangle factory fire, which took the lives of 146 garment workers. The history of the labor movement in the U.S. is inextricably linked with this watershed event.

10 Things You Should Know About Fannia Cohn

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Top 10 Jewish Women in Labor History
  1. Fannia Cohn, born in 1885, grew up in a well-to-do family in what was the western part of the Russian empire:  Kletzk, now part of Belarus. She was educated at home, and by the time she was 15, she was involved in secret revolutionary activities.

  2. Just before turning 20, she and her brother immigrated to the U.S. aided by wealthy relatives who were already here. Fannia’s first job in the U.S. was with the American Jewish Women’s Committee helping other Jewish women arriving at Ellis Island.

10 Things You Should Know About Emma Lazarus

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Top 10 Jewish Women in Labor History
Emma Lazarus poster
  1. Emma Lazarus was born in 1849 to Moses and Esther Nathan Lazarus, descendants of the pioneering group of Spanish and Portuguese Jews who settled in

10 Things You Should Know About Pauline Newman

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Top 10 Jewish Women in Labor History
  1. Born in Kovno, Lithuania, in 1890, Pauline Newman was barred from the local public school because she was Jewish.

10 Things You Should Know About Belle Moskowitz

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Top 10 Jewish Women in Labor History
  1. Born in Harlem in 1877, Belle Moskowitz (née Lindner) enjoyed a successful career as a reformer, settlement worker, and labor media

10 Things You Should Know About Clara Lemlich

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Top 10 Jewish Women in Labor History
  1. When Clara Lemlich was growing up in the Ukraine, her religious parents did not want their daughter learning Russian, the l

10 Things You Should Know About Bessie Abramowitz Hillman

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Top 10 Jewish Women in Labor History
  1. Born in 1889, Bessie Abramowitz Hillman grew up in the Russian empire, in the city of Grodno, now part of Belarus.

10 Things You Should Know About Rose Schneiderman

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Top 10 Jewish Women in Labor History
Rose Schneiderman
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  1. Born in 1882 into a devout Jewish family in Saven, Poland, Rose Schneiderman was raised from an early age to believe she was capa

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