The Necessity of Organization: Mary Kenney O'Sullivan and Trade Unionism for Women, 1892-1912

1st Edition

Kathleen B. Nutter

Published March 20, 2019
Reference - 232 Pages
ISBN 9781138883420 - CAT# Y180209
Series: Garland Studies in the History of American Labor

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The Necessity of Organization describes Mary Kenney O'Sullivan's struggle to improve labor conditions through trade unionism. Appointed the first woman organizer for the American Federation of Labor in 1892, she went on to be a co-founder of the Women's Trade Union League, formed in 1903 as a cross-class alliance of women workers and their middle- and upper-class allies. The possibilities and limits of trade unionism for women, given the class and gender constraints of the period, are the focus of this book.

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