Labor Uprising Occurs In New York City

1909

Women garment workers strike in New York for better wages and working conditions in the Uprising of the 20,000. More than 300 shops eventually sign union contracts. Garment worker Rose Schneiderman in the magazine Life and Labor explained the aim of the strike: “What the woman who labors wants is to live, not simply exist–the right to life as the rich woman has it, the right to . . . the sun, and music, and art . . . The worker must have bread, but she must have roses too.”