This Day in History

Sept. 26, 1909: International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union Strike

Time Periods: Turn of the Century: 1900 - 1909
Themes: Labor, Women's History

I have listened to all the speakers, and I have no further patience for talk. I am a working girl, one of those striking against intolerable conditions. I am tired of listening to speakers who talk in generalities. What we are here for is to decide whether or not to strike. I make a motion that we go out in a general strike. —¬†Clara Lemlich

Clara Lemlich | Zinn Education Project

Clara Lemlich. Source: Kheel Center. (Click for more photos). 

On Sept. 26, 1909, Local 25 of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union (ILGWU) declared a strike against the Triangle Shirtwaist Company. By November, the strike spread to other shirtwaist manufacturers.

Did you know there was a strike before the deadly Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in 1911?

Read about Lemlich and other “Women in Labor History.”