Ellison pens Jezebel op-ed honoring role of women in labor fight
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) is calling for the U.S. to honor the women who have fought for labor rights throughout history.
In an op-ed published Tuesday on Jezebel, Ellison documented the stories of several women who have been at the forefront fighting for working families.
Honoring those women and continuing their fight is especially important now, he argued, in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election.
“When a fire broke out on the ninth floor of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York in 1911, 146 garment workers died — 123 of whom were women,” he said.
“This piece, along with her activism, helped Minnesotan garment workers win better working conditions, higher pay, and better safety regulations,” he wrote.
“And women today are still shaping and invigorating the fight for working people.”
Ellison cited women leading the “Fight for $15” and female janitors leading a movement in California to “fight sexual harassment and rape in the workplace.”
“In fact, women leadership at major labor organizations has gone up in recent decades,” he wrote.
“But as we’ve seen — from the historic marches that filled the streets of Washington after the inauguration, to this month’s A Day Without Women strike — women are not sitting down and staying silent. They’re doing the opposite. And it’s working,” he wrote.
“Let’s honor these women.”
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