The 1937 Woolworth's Sit-Down

Women Strikers Occupy Chain Store, Win Big

By Dana Frank

Woolworth's department store was the Walmart of the early 20th century. The women who worked the counters, cash registers, and storerooms were overworked, underpaid, and sexually harassed. This is the inspiring story of how these courageous women fought back against corporate exploitation and oppression, by employing the first successful all female sit-down strike in American history.


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"This sparkling story of intrepid young women is not just a strike narrative of the Great Depression, but echoes down to our own times. Dana Frank is always on the side of those who are willing to fight!" –– Nelson Lichtenstein, Director, Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy at the University of California, Santa Barbara

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