1765

The first society of working women, the Daughters of Liberty, is organized as an auxiliary of the Sons of Liberty, a workingman’s association.
1824

Women workers strike for the first time, in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. 102 women workers strike in support of brother weavers protesting the simultaneous reduction in wages and extension of the workday.
1825

The first union for women only formed: The United Tailoresses of New York.
1831

February 1600 women members of the United Tailoresses of New York, strike for “a just price for our labor.”
1845

The Female Labor Reform Association is formed in Lowell, Massachusetts by Sarah Bagley and other women cotton mill workers to reduce the work day from 12 or 13 hours a day to 10, and to improve sanitation and safety in the mills where they worked.
1853

Antoinette Brown is the first U.S. woman ordained as a minister in a protestant denomination.
1867

Cigar makers are the first national union to accept women and African Americans.
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