The first woman elected to national office in a labor union and the only woman on FDR’s National Recovery Administration Labor Advisory Board, Rose Schneiderman transformed the lives of American workers. Schneiderman went to work at thirteen and began organizing for unions at twenty-one. By 1906, she was vice president of the New York Women’s Trade Union League and she helped organize the uprising of the 20,000 after the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire for the International Ladies Garment Workers Union in 1909. She went on to become NYWTUL president in 1917 and president of the national WTUL in 1926. She also lent her talents to the suffrage movement and ran for senate as a Labor party candidate in 1920. Her friendship with Eleanor Roosevelt and their conversations on labor issues led to FDR appointing Schneiderman to the National Labor Advisory Board in 1933, where she fought to include domestic workers in social security and argued for wage parity for women workers. In the 1930s and 1940s, she also mobilized the labor movement to help evacuate European Jews and resettle them in America and Palestine.
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Jewish Women's Archive. "Rose Schneiderman." (Viewed on July 23, 2014) <http://jwa.org/people/schneiderman-rose>.