Uprising of 20,000
November 22, 1909 – outside Cooper Union, New York City
I have listened to all the speakers, and I have no further patience for talk. I am a working girl, one of those striking against intolerable conditions. I am tired of listening to speakers who talk in generalities. What we are here for is to decide whether or not to strike.
I make a motion that we go out in a general strike — now.
Source: “Clara Lemlich sparks “Uprising of 20,000.” This Week in History. Jewish Women’s Archive.