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Mother Jones, a woman of courage and strength

We celebrate Women’s History Month by thanking Mary Harris “Mother” Jones, a pioneer of workers’ rights, for her bravery and example for all who defend workers. She spent years risking her life facing off with anti-union companies in defense of abused coal miners and child workers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Jones led dangerous coal mine strikes, helped found the Industrial Workers of the World, organized anti-child labor marches and was always a vocal advocate for workers. She didn’t start life as a union advocate. In 1867 yellow fever killed her husband and children and the Great Chicago Fire ... Read more