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Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers Strike of 1909 Michelle Markel

Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers Strike of 1909

Michelle Markel

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ISBN : 9780061804427
Hardcover
32 pages
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When Clara Lemlich arrived in America, she couldnt speak English. She didnt know that young women had to go to work, that they traded an education for long hours of labor, that she was expected to grow up fast.But that did not stop Clara.She wentMoreWhen Clara Lemlich arrived in America, she couldnt speak English. She didnt know that young women had to go to work, that they traded an education for long hours of labor, that she was expected to grow up fast.But that did not stop Clara.She went to night school, spent hours studying English, and helped support her family by sewing in a factory.Clara never quit. And she never accepted that girls should be treated poorly and paid little.So Clara fought back. Fed up with the mistreatment of her fellow laborers, Clara led the largest walkout of women workers in the countrys history.Clara had learned a lot from her short time in America. She learned that everyone deserved a fair chance. That you had to stand together and fight for what you wanted. And, most importantly, that you could do anything you put your mind to.“In her simple but powerful text Markel shows how multiple arrests, serious physical attacks, and endless misogyny failed to deter this remarkable woman as she set off on her lifelong path as a union activist.” --The Horn Book