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U had to stand together and fight for what you wanted And most importantly that you could do anything you put your mind to“In her simple but powerful text Markel shows how multiple arrests serious physical attacks and endless misogyny failed to deter this remarkable woman as she set off on her lifelong path as a union activist” The Horn Bo A picture book biography about Clara Lemlich the brave strike organizer that worked hard to improve working conditions for the young women employed in the garment industry factories Very well written text reveals some of the most shocking atrocities young girls faced in the factories yet shines an ever powerful light on Clara's uncrushable spirit Mixed media artwork is incredible The pictures give the book a scrapbook feel as though readers are being told a story that has been passed down from generation to generation in a family I loved the stitchery that acts as a border around many of the illustrations The overall effect for me was that of viewing a story uilt as each stitched picture resembled a snapshot of an important moment around which the story is based A two page spread giving information about the garment industry follows the story and helps drive home the message that one brave girl made great strides in improving a flawed system and workers today are still reaping the benefits of her efforts A selected bibliography is also included

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Brave Girl Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909When Clara Lemlich 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 did not stop Clara She went to night school spent hours studying English and helped support her family by sewing in a factory Cl Get a jump on Women's History Month with this new picture book about Clara Lemlich a remarkable 20th century labor leader Picture books about early 20th century Jewish women labor leaders are not exactly published every day in the picture book universe so I was especially eager to read this new work illustrated by award winning illustrator Melissa Sweet about Clara Lemlich best known for organizing the shirtwaist makers' strike of 1909 We first meet Clara as she is arriving in the United States part of the mass of immigrants But Clara is different she's got grit and she's going to prove it Look out New YorkSocial justice is an overriding theme of this book and we see through Clara's eyes the injustices of life in early 20th century America for the impoverished immigrants This was not the America she'd imagined Girls are hired to make blouses for a few dollars a month wages desperately needed to help support their families Markel vividly describes the factories in just a few words only two toilets one sink and three towels for 300 girls to share and better not be a few minutes late or bleed on a piece of cloth if you've pricked your finger or you'll lose half a day's pay or even be fired But little Clara Lemlich is not one to sit back and take it She organizes strikes and despite being arrested repeatedly and beaten she is not easily silenced But she realizes that a general strike of all the garment workers is what's needed to make the bosses stand up and take notice and at a union meeting she calls for women to launch the largest walk out ever Clara is the leader of the Revolt of the Girls as the newspapers call it And eventually the owners meet some of their demands including a shortened work week and better wages Markel ends her elegie to Lemlich on a hopeful note emphasizing how Clara's actions helped thousands of workers proving that in America wrongs can be righted warriors can wear skirts and blouses and the bravest hearts may beat in girls only five feet tall An afterword provides further details about the history of the garment industry and the role of Jewish immigrants in the business Strangely enough Clara is never identified as Jewish in the main text of the book although she is shown shouting in Yiddish for a general strike Back matter also includes a selected bibliography of general and primary sources I would have also liked to have seen something on Clara Lemlich's later life For example she continued advocating for the oppressed her entire life even helping to organize nursing home orderlies in the retirement home where she spent the end of her life Melissa Sweet's remarkable illustrations integrate the garment industry in a very literal fashion into her depiction of Clara's life She uses watercolor gouache and mixed media and pieces of fabric and sewing machine stitching are front and center in nearly every illustration Some of the illustrations are particularly moving including the one in which rows and rows of factory workers are shown from directly above with the hundreds of girls appearing faceless and indistinct from each other like cogs in a wheel I also loved the girl power illustration of Clara calling for a general strike Sweet depicts Clara from behind with hundreds of people in the audience raising their fists in solidarity and with her call for a strike in an oversized text balloon with the word Strayk or strike in bright red letteringThis is a must have for anyone interested in exposing their children to important issues and people in the social justice movement as well as outstanding women in history those who chose to try to make a difference in an era when women were encouraged to make their dominion at home

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read Brave Girl Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909 epub ½ Hardcover ´ gwairsoft Ò ❮Epub❯ ➟ Brave Girl Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909 Author Michelle Markel – When Clara Lemlich arrived in America she couldAra never uit And she never accepted that girls should be treated poorly and paid little So Clara fought back Fed up with the mistreatment of her fellow laborers Clara led the largest walkout of women workers in the country's history Clara had learned a lot from her short time in America She learned that everyone deserved a fair chance That yo 35 out of 5 Brave Girl Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909 is a well researched it has a full page bibliography at the end of the book and engagingly written picturebook But although the subject of the book and its heroine are inspiring Michelle Markel's story seems a little bit simplistic and its tone is overly optimistic and thus I was left mostly unmoved after reading itI appreciate the additional information about the garment industry at the end of the book; however as aptly noted by another reviewer on Goodreads the last sentence Though there are still wrongs to be righted today's workers have five day workweeks overtime pay and other protections due in great part to labor leaders like Clara Lemlich and the thousands of brave girls who picketed in the winter of 1909 perpetuates the myth that all the injustices have been righted while in fact they simply moved overseas to such countries as China India and BangladeshThe best part of Brave Girl is Mellisa Sweet's mixed media collage illustrations which are literally sewn together piece by piece and decorated with various stitched fabricsAlso look at these rows of workers who look like rows of stitches themselves brilliant