Women's Activism NYC

Pauline Newman

1887 - 1986

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Pauline Newman was the first woman organizer appointed to the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU), organizing a 20,000-deep strike in 1909. She worked with the union for over 70 years as an advocate and activist for not just the Labor Movement, but also for suffrage (especially working class) and tenants’ rights. Newman worked closely with Eleanor Roosevelt in efforts to improve lives for women. She stood up for workers at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, famously writing in a letter of their timed bathroom breaks and 12-hour days, “All we knew was the bitter fact that after working 70 or 80 hours in a seven-day week, we did not earn enough to keep body and soul together.” In 1923, Newman founded the Union Health Center in New York City, where she focused most of her efforts for the next 60 years, but she didn’t stop there: The U.S. Department of State and Labor enlisted Newman to review German post-war factory conditions after World War II, and she served as a consultant to the U.S. Public Health Service for President Harry Truman’s presidency. Image: https://i.postimg.cc/Y9YP9jHk/pauline-newman-896x1024.jpg

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