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Women's History Salons
Ladies' Garments, Women's Work, Women's Activism: Garment Work and Women's Organizing in New York City
Alice Kessler-Harris, Margaret M. Chin, Janette Gayle , Nick Juravich
Fri, March 29th, 2019 | 6:30 pm
(Members $12)

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Free for Members of the Women’s History Council


The International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union (ILGWU) was once the largest union of women in the world, with tens of thousands of members in New York City alone. Generations of women workers and organizers in New York fought for recognition and protection for workers on the job, and reimagined what unions could do beyond the factories. The ILGWU pioneered modern worker benefits and inspired social welfare programs in education, health, recreation, and legal aid. Its women organizers also shaped women’s movements across the 20th century, using their experience and resources to energize campaigns for women’s rights from the suffrage movement of the 1910s to the fight for the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s.

In honor of Women’s History Month—and the anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire on March 25, 1911—the Center for Women’s History welcomes scholars Alice Kessler-Harris, Margaret M. Chin, and Janette Gayle to discuss the ILGWU’s impact on the labor movement and women’s movements, moderated by New-York Historical’s Nick Juravich.

About the Speakers
Dr. Alice Kessler-Harris is chair of the Scholarly Advisory Board of the Center for Women’s History at the New-York Historical Society and R. Gordon Hoxie Professor Emerita of US History at Columbia University. Dr. Margaret M. Chin is professor of sociology at Hunter College. Dr. Janette Gayle is assistant professor of history at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Nick Juravich (moderator) is the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Women’s History at New-York Historical Society and worked on Ladies’ Garments, Women’s Work, Women’s Activism.

This program is presented in combination with Ladies’ Garments, Women’s Work, Women’s Activism, now on view in the Jean Dubinsky Appleton Women and Labor Exhibition Case.

Refreshments will be served. 


Skylight Gallery, New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024

Advance purchase is required to guarantee seating. Programs and dates may be subject to change. Program tickets do not include Museum Admission unless otherwise noted.

Unidentified photographer. Mourners from the Ladies Waist and Dressmakers Union Local 25 and the United Hebrew Trades of New York march in the streets after the Triangle fire, 1911. The Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library

Lead support for the Center for Women's History programs provided by
Joyce B. Cowin, Diane and Adam E. Max, Jean Margo Reid, 
and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

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