Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Maker’s Strike of 1909

Markel, Michelle. Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Maker's Strike of 1909. Illustrated by Melissa Sweet, Harper Collins, 2013 Clara Lemlich, the young woman profiled in Brave Girl was barely in her twenties when she helped to lead the largest walkout of women workers in US history. A Jewish immigrant from Ukraine, Clara found work in the New York garment industry only to discover that the working conditions were abysmal and unjust.When the mostly male union leaders urged caution, Clara stood up and demanded a general strike. Despite threats and brutal retaliation from those in power, Clara played a major role in bringing about important change. Melissa Sweet's lively illustrations bring to life important details of life in the garment industry in this wonderful biographic story book. The winning award book for young readers, 2014.

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