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On this day in labor history: National Organization for Women founded

On this date in 1863, at the height of the American Civil War, 18 countries met in Geneva to create the International Red Cross.

 

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Today in labor history: Women’s rights figure Elizabeth Cady Stanton dies

On this day in 1902, social/political activist and proto-feminist Elizabeth Cady Stanton died, after living a life of achievements.

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Today in labor history: The 40-hour workweek

On October 24, 1940 the 40-hour workweek went into effect under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The new law had been signed by President Roosevelt in 1938.

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Today in labor history: First school strike against corporal punishment

Today in 1889, the first nationwide school strike against corporal punishment - in Great Britain - took place.

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Today in labor history: John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry

Brown, a minister and fierce opponent of slavery, sought to obtain weapons from the arsenal to defeat the slaveocracy in the South. John Brown and his men were captured and executed.

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Today in labor history: Vietnam war protests, draft card burned

On Oct. 15, 1965, a young Catholic Worker activist, David Miller, burned his draft card in protest of the U.S. war in Vietnam, becoming the first antiwar activist to challenge a law banning the act.

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Today in Labor History: Ike apologizes for racist treatment of Ghana official

Eisenhower tried to quiet an international outcry Ghana's finance minister was refused service in a U.S. restaurant because of his skin color.

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Today in labor history: “Boom boom room” costs Wall Street in sex bias payout

Branch managers had been asking female employees to remove their tops in exchange for money. One office featured a "boom boom room" where women were told to "entertain" clients.

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