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Bread and Roses

June 1912 — Cleveland OH


What the woman who labors wants is the right to live, not simply exist — the right to life as the rich woman has the right to life, and the sun and music and art. You have nothing that the humblest work has not a right to have also. The worker must have bread, but she must have roses, too. Help, you women of privilege, give her the ballot to fight with.



Source: Life and Labor: A Monthly Magazine, Vol. 2, September 1912, p. 288.


Also: Give Us Bread but Give Us Roses: Working Women’s Consciousness in the United States, 1890 to the First World War, by Sarah Eisenstein (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul), 1983, p. 32.