Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909

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Grades K - 3Grades 3 - 5n/a5.01436

The true story of the young immigrant who led the largest strike of women workers in U.S. history.

This picture book biography about Ukrainian immigrant Clara Lemlich tackles topics like activism and the U.S. garment industry. The art, by Caldecott Honor winner Melissa Sweet, beautifully incorporates stitching and fabric. A bibliography and an author's note on the garment industry are included.

When Clara arrived in America, she couldn't speak English. She didn't know that young women had to go to work, that they traded an education for long hours of labor, that she was expected to grow up fast.

But that didn't stop Clara. She went to night school, spent hours studying English, and helped support her family by sewing in a shirtwaist factory.

Clara never quit, and she never accepted that girls should be treated poorly and paid little. Fed up with the mistreatment of her fellow laborers, Clara led the largest walkout of women workers the country had seen.

From her short time in America, Clara learned that everyone deserved a fair chance. That you had to stand together and fight for what you wanted. And, most importantly, that you could do anything you put your mind to.

This picture book biography about the plight of immigrants in America in the early 1900s and the timeless fight for equality and justice should not be missed.

Hardcover, 32 pages
Published on January 22, 2013 by Balzer + Bray
ISBN-10: 0061804428
ISBN-13: 9780061804427
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  • devilish22
    devilish22Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 1:59 pm55 stars
    I'm with you love2swim! same avatar!
    • love2swim
      love2swimSaturday, February 7, 2015 at 11:25 am55 stars
      best book ever

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