Friday, March 29th was Pearl Bailey's birthday.
On this day in 1931, governors of Florida, Virginia, New Mexico and a few other states rejected proposals from the Cotton-Textile Institute to forbid women from working factory night shifts.
She was banished from more towns and was held incommunicado in more jails in more states than any other union leader of the time.
During her thousand-mile trek, she endured -60º temperatures, primitive terrain, and minimal communication, making the journey a harrowing one.
A total of 146 workers - almost all of them immigrant women - are killed in a fire at New York's Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, March 25, 1911.
Not enough is said today about the role of women in formulating the basic beliefs we have about the nature of freedom itself.
On March 21, 1972, Congress sent the Equal Rights Amendment to the states for ratification. The amendment fell three states short of being ratified, but the struggle continues to this day.
Known as a pioneer of 20th-century music, "Sister" Rosetta Tharpe (March 20, 1915 - October 9, 1973) was a singer, songwriter, guitarist and recording artist.
Cunningham was elected president of the Galveston Equal Suffrage Association and toured her home state to speak out for the right for women to vote.
Janice gives much of her time trying to make life better for working people and people of color in her community, in her union and in the world.