“I don’t know that there is anything else to say other than that the hotels, of 40 course, opposed the movement for organization among the women and pretty soon the chambermaids became timid and afraid to attend meetings for fear of discharge.We have had a bill in the legislature for two years trying to put the chambermaids under the one day-rest-in-seven law.”
Rose Schneiderman, was a Polish Jewish immigrant who worked to improve wages, hours, saftey standards for American working women. She was elected president of the New York Women’s Trade Union League from 1917- 1949. And from 1926-1950 she was the president of the National WTUL. She was well known and respected by many. The Schneiderman family migrated to New York City in 1890. She as an unmarried immigrant made an impact on protecting women’s rights when it came to the labor. She attacked sexual segregation in the workplace, brought together industrial women but also white-collar and domestic workers. She also helped chambermaids to receive the proper treatment and work conditions.
Sources: “Rose Schneiderman, President of Women’s Trade Union League, to Elisabeth Christman “Re: Chambermaids Campaign, 1917”” Week 11 lines 39-43