Bread Upon the Waters

Rose Pesotta     1944     435p     6 x 8

Rose Pesotta was an anarchist, feminist labor organizer and the vice president of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union. Born in Ukraine in the 1890s, Pesotta’s interest in Narodnaya Volya eventually lead her to anarchism. Arriving in New York City in 1913, Pessota found work in the garment industry, quickly joining the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union. Even though the union represented a work force of 85% women (mainly jewish and latina immigrants), Pesotta would be its only female board member for years and not until after her participation in the Los Angeles Garment Workers’ Strike of 1933. Pesotta eventually resigned from the board in protest over it’s refusal to include more women. This is her autobiography until the 1940s.



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