Girls as Striking Workers (Paterson Strike, 1913)
On January 27, 1913, over 800 workers from the Henry Doherty Silk Mill went on strike when four members of the workers' committee were fired for organizing. Within a week, workers across 300 mills in Paterson, New Jersey, went on strike. Although the workforce was mainly composed of adult women, many mill girls joined the strike.
As factory workers, girls had skin in the game.
Young girls helped skilled women workers produce this silk.
While I am on strike, I go around to the school yard to watch the kids play.
We were frightened when we went in, but we were singing when we went out.
A girl who has arrived at suffrage will listen to an organizer, but a simpering fool who says “Women ain't got brains enough to vote!” or “Women ought to stay at home,” is beyond hope.