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Army of Amazons: Women’s Fight for Labor Rights in Kansas Coalfields

Date and Time: October 16, 2022, 9:15 AM CT

Location: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Lawrence, 1263 N 1100 RD, Lawrence
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In December 1921, thousands of women in southeast Kansas rose up to fight injustice in the area coalfields. These women were immigrants from Eastern European nations as well as Kansas born. After a months-long strike by the coalminers, the women joined the cause. In the short term, their efforts crippled mine production for nearly a month; in the longer term, their continued activism impacted future statewide elections and national legislation. This talk will share the stories of these women, christened the "Amazon Army" by the New York Times, and their fight for democracy and labor rights in Kansas's coalfields. Presented by Linda O'Nelio Knoll.

This presentation is part of "21st Century Civics," a collection of resources that invite Kansans to participate in community discussions and learn more about the history of American democracy and the shared responsibilities of citizenship. "21st Century Civics" is made possible with support from "A More Perfect Union: America at 250," an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Sponsored by: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Lawrence


For more information about this event, please contact:
Paul Enos
(785) 842-3339


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