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Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU)

"It's up to us to save ourselves"

Yesterday, Rabbi Jill Jacobs published an op-ed at ReligionDispatches.org that connects the labor struggles of the past with those of the present, using the words of labor organizer Rose Schneiderman to inspire us today.

Pauline Newman

Pauline Newman was a labor pioneer and a die-hard union loyalist once described by a colleague as “capable of smoking a cigar with the best of them.” The first woman ever appointed general organizer by the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU), Newman continued to work for the ILGWU for more than seventy years—first as an organizer, then as a labor journalist, a health educator, and a liaison between the union and government officials.

Feminism in the United States

Jewish women have played a significant role in all aspects of the American feminist movement.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU)." (Viewed on April 27, 2015) <http://jwa.org/tags/ladies-garment-workers-union-ilgwu>.

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