Brave Girl

Brave Girl

Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909

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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.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780061804427
0061804428
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill.
Additional Contributors: Sweet, Melissa 1956-

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muffinpopcorn
Feb 16, 2015

Clara had learned a lot from her short time in America . She believed 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 .
Clara was young and couldn't speak English nor knew the ways of her new home in America but she left her mark and what she believed in.

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thelibrarylisa
Apr 11, 2014

The ending gave me chills!

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