Progressive Era Womens Movements

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The Progressive Era featured many women's groups that focused on women's rights  from a variety of directions. The unions of the era focused on the rights and working  conditions of immigrant women, but ignored the plight of African-Americans. The National  Women's Party was the radical offshoot of the NAWSA, which had a more aggressive and  militant approach to the suffrage movement. One example of the tactics used by working class women during the progressive era was  a wave of strikes. The 1909 New York blouse industry strike began when the International  ladies Garment Workers Union struck over low pay and horrible working conditions. The  picketers consisted of young Jewish and Italian women who were harassed by company  enforcers and jailed by the authorities. The protesters turned to the Women's Trade Union  League for assistance in this struggle.  When leisure class women who joined the protests,were  subjected to the same harsh treatment, then the newspapers took notice. The clothing manufacturers were able to hold out against the workers by sending the  unfinished garments to shops the ILGWU was not targeting. The workers went out on strike  and the WTUL provided the strike pay, publicity, and legal support to keep the strike going for  three months. The majority of garment workers were immigrant teenage girls who were 
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This note was uploaded on 11/01/2010 for the course HIST 525 taught by Professor Brockley during the Spring '09 term at Jackson State.

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