Biographies of Jewish Labor Leaders
These biographies introduce unsung Jewish heroes and leaders of the Labor Movement.
Sophie Melvin Gerson
Bessie Abramowitz Hillman
Clara Lemlich Shavelson
By the age of 16, Ukrainian-born Matilda Robbins was supporting herself in New York by working several jobs. She played a supporting role in the 1912 strike in Lawrence, MA and subsequently became an organizer for the Industrial Workers of the World. Though she was sometimes frustrated by the union’s limited vision of women’s roles, Robbins worked throughout her life as an organizer, editor, and social worker.
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Jewish Women's Archive. "Biographies of Jewish Labor Leaders." (Viewed on January 24, 2017) <https://jwa.org/teach/livingthelegacy/biographies>.