Guiding Questions:

Who led the Lawrence, MA "Bread and Roses Strike of 1912"? Would the strike have been successful without the involvement of women or the unions?



woman at spools

In the Lawrence "Bread and Roses" Strike of 1912 workers of diverse nationalities struck to change the conditions of work and the working for few rewards that had created hardships at home. Women played an important role in the leadership of this strike. Labor unions did too, although some strikers felt that the men leaders of the unions took more credit and did less work than the unionists claimed.

In the United States we assume everyone has the right to "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness." How do we interpret the reasons for the "Bread and Roses Strike of 1912 according to these principles? Can what we learned about economic situations, family needs, work conditions, and the interaction between all three of these be applied to our world today?


Image Credit: Woman "French drawing" - finishing wool, at the American Woolen Co., Boston
Digital ID: (b&w film copy neg.) cph 3b02790 Reproduction Number: LC-USZ62-54894 (b&w film copy neg.) Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA