March 1, 2013
Nomination: Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909
Markel, Michelle. Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909. Illustrated by Melissa Sweet. 2013. 32p. HarperCollins/Balzer and Bray. $17.99 (978-0-0618-0442-7). K-Grade 3. (kdm)
When Clara Lemlich came to America, she ended up toiling in a factory job with other young, immigrant workers. After attending night school to learn English, Clara next set her sights on the unfair working conditions in the factories. In 1909, she led the largest walkout by women workers in U.S. history.