Girl Power: The 1933 New Haven Garment Workers Strike

Jul 10, 2020 180

In 1933, a poor Italian-American teenager led the dramatic New Haven garment workers strike that lifted thousands of women into the middle class. Jennie Aiello wasn’t the only leader of the New Haven garment workers strike of 1933. But she was certainly a key to its success.

On a cold day in April, Jennie slid down the clothing chute from the second-floor cutting room of the huge Lesnow Brothers shirt factory to rally the stitchers on the first floor to strike. The month-long Lesnow Brothers strike that followed was the climax to a series of successful job actions during 1933.

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