The Rising of the Women: Feminist Solidarity and Class Conflict 1880-1917

Focusing on the socialist housewives, settlement workers, and left-wing feminists who were the main allies of working women between the 1880s and World War I, The Rising of the Women explores the successes and failures of the "united fronts" within which middle- and working-class American women worked together to improve social and economic conditions for female laborers. Through detailed studies of the Woman's Trade Union League, the Illinois Women's Alliance, the New York shirtwaist makers strike of 1909-10, and the 1912 textile workers strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Meredith Tax uncovers the circumstances that helped and hindered cross-class and cross-gender cooperation on behalf of women of the working class. In a new introduction to this first Illinois paperback edition, Tax assesses the progress of women's solidarity since the book's original publication.

Reviews and Press

E.J. Dionne, “Nonfiction in Brief,” New York Times, Aug. 30, 1981 of Women NYTimes .docx

Linda Gordon, “Sisters and Workers,” Radical History Review 26, Oct. 1, 1982 of Women Rad Am.pdf