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Girl Power: How Clara Lemlich Changed the World
November 24, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Learn what life was like for young garment workers on the Lower East Side in 1909 through the eyes of Clara Lemlich, who worked 11-hour days making dresses. A costumed actor portraying Clara will provide a first-person perspective about working in sweatshops and why, in November 1909, she gave a fiery speech at a union meeting, sparking a strike of young garment workers that newspapers called the “Revolt of the Girls.” Clara couldn’t have known that she would inspire more than 20,000 garment workers to walk out of their factory jobs in protest of harsh working conditions – or that the massive strike would lead to important improvements. But she and “the girls” changed the world, and you won’t want to miss this special family program that makes this stirring episode in labor history and women’s history come alive by introducing you to the person at the center of it all. Recommended for children five and up and their adult companions.