Today in Feminist History: (March 28, 1931)

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March 28, 1931: Efforts by the National Woman’s Party to fight widespread bias against women in the workforce have now gained some support from a few of the nation’s governors.

Today’s announcement at National Woman’s Party headquarters in Washington, D.C., was a rare encouraging development in the midst of increasing attacks on employed women, especially those who are married. One major offensive in that war was launched by the Cotton-Textile Institute last year when it urged mill executives to stop employing women for night work as of March 1, 1931.

When that day arrived, it was announced that 83% of the industry had complied. Telegrams were then sent by the N.W.P. to the governors of all 48 States saying:

“National Woman’s Party calls your attention to nationwide efforts to throw women out of night work and otherwise handicap them by legislation or…

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