Soliderettes

Don't worry, said the Washington Daily News ┬áin May 1943. A "Soldierette" was a Land Army Girl, and she did not need to wear overalls -- she could wear a wrap-around skirt and "go feminine for farmhouse work." This gem is nested within a basket of terrific details in the online article, "To the Rescue … Continue reading Soliderettes

Rosa Pesotta

She arrived at the United States of America in 1913, seventeen years old. She got a job, as so many other Ukrainian-Jewish girls, at a shirtwaist factory in New York City. She became one of the most effective labor organizers ever, spending her life working for working people, especially women. She was also a woman … Continue reading Rosa Pesotta

Bell Curves

In 1994 Charles Murray wrote, with a co-author, The Bell Curve, arguing that intelligence was a product of environment and "inherited" factors, that is, good breeding. The chapter presenting this marlarkey of an argument has been largely disproven both in terms of evidence and conclusions (the rest of the book is not as dicey in … Continue reading Bell Curves

Striking!

Dressing for a protest is nothing new, especially for women. And gaining improvements in the working conditions and pay for women is nothing new -- and having to go on strike, protest, and rally for these rights is nothing new. The garment industry in the first decade of the 20th century ran on women's labor. … Continue reading Striking!