New England Factories
Former textile worker and reformer Jennie Collins penned this piece for the Revolution, the official organ of the National Woman Suffrage Association. Collins speaks here of the heightened demands upon mill girls, required to operate six or seven looms (rather than one or two), to pay more for room and board, and to accept dramatic wage cuts. Such conditions precipitated a strike at the Cocheco Cotton Manufacturing Company in Dover, New Hampshire, which saw eight hundred workers walk off the job at the risk of being blacklisted. Collins calls upon working women to don “fig-leaf dresses” before putting on a dress made from Cocheco fabric.For more information on this item, see the AAS Catalog.
Cocheco Manufacturing Company