Rose Schneiderman (1882-1972)
- Schneiderman was born in Savin, Poland and immigrated to the United States in 1890. Her father passed away from meningitis two years after immigrating leaving 4 children and a wife.
- Schneiderman began work at age 13 to help support her family by being a department store clerk and sewing caps.
- She assisted with organizing a New York City chapter of the United Cloth and Cap Makers union in 1903. In 1904 she was elected to the union’s executive board become the first women to be at such a position in any American labor organization/ union.
- She was active from 1905 to 1950 in the Women’s Trade Union League, ultimately becoming the national president of the league.
- Schneiderman was a suffrage speaker from 1907 to 1920. She led the industrial section of the New York Women’s Suffrage Association in 1917. She was a member of the National American Woman Suffrage Association and spoke in the east and Midwest for suffrage in rallies and lectures.
- She assisted with founding the Equality League of Self- Supporting Women in 1917 with the daughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
- Quote from one of her Ohio speeches on behalf of the NAWSA: “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 worker 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.” (1912, Cleveland).
- On February 2, 1914, she along with 4 other suffragists met with Woodrow Wilson at the White House to try and gain women’s suffrage.