Isabel Chapin Barrows was born in Vermont to Scottish immigrant parents and became the first woman to be employed by the US State Department.
Rose Schneiderman was a Polish Jew who immigrated to America as a child in 1890. Her father died two years later leaving the family in poverty.
Schneiderman started her working life in a department store but there was more money to be made in factory work so she became a cap stitcher. In 1903, at just 21, she was a co-founder of the United Cloth Hat and Cap Makers’ Union.
Schneiderman was known as a powerful orator and a talented organiser.
For more on Rose Schneider, click here
I'm an amateur historian interested in Women's History, Social History, Social Reformers, the Temperance Movement, and the (so far) unwritten histories of "ordinary" people.