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Unions

Leslie Feinberg, 1949 - 2014

I was in an alleyway in Chicago the first time someone told me about Stone Butch Blues. “You’ve got to read this book,” she said. “Stone Butch Blues.” The “she” in question was an older Femme (they always were), and the name of the book got right under my skin. I can remember the feeling: My ears perked up, head tilted back, eyes focused. Stone Butch Blues, I thought. Ok. I was sixteen years old, had been out since I was fourteen, and had been a tomboy all my life.

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Lillian Herstein

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Fannia M. Cohn

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Rose Gollup Cohen

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Dorothy Jacobs Bellanca

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Rose Pastor Stokes

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Clara Lemlich Shavelson

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Unions." (Viewed on December 21, 2014) <http://jwa.org/topics/unions>.

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