Lecture Description

This lecture tells the story of three women who led early movements for gender and labor equality in the late 19th and early 20th-century: Jennie Collins; Leonora Barry; and Leonora O’Reilly. I discuss the personal and political factors that motivated their activism as well as their programs for change. This lecture explains how wage-earning women understood their place in America’s expanding capitalist economy and it shows how they organized to demand equal rights at work and as citizens.


Capitalism Women

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