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May Harris Jones


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Mary Harris "Mother" Jones (August 1, 1837 (baptism) – November 30, 1930) was an Irish-American schoolteacher and dressmaker who became a prominent labor and community organizer. She then helped coordinate major strikes and co-founded the Industrial Workers of the World.

Jones worked as a teacher and dressmaker, but after her husband and four children all died of yellow fever and her ... more »

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  • Men's hearts are cold. They are indifferent. Not all the coal that is dug warms the world. It remains indifferent to the lives of those who risk their life and health down in the blackness of the eart...
    Mother Jones (1830-1930), U.S. labor organizer. Autobiography of Mother Jones, ch. 22 (1925). On her work with and for miners in a number of state...
  • I am not a suffragist, nor do I believe in "careers" for women, especially a "career" in factory and mill where most working women have their "careers." A great responsibility rests upon woman—th...
    Mother Jones (1830-1930), U.S. labor organizer. Autobiography of Mother Jones, ch. 27 (1925). Jones preferred to emphasize the need for all men to...
  • Taking men into the union is just the kindergarten of their education and every force is against their further education. Men who live up those lonely creeks have only the mine owners' Y.M.C.As, the m...
    Mother Jones (1830-1930), U.S. labor organizer. The Autobiography of Mother Jones, ch. 6 (1925). On organizing a chapter of the United Mine Worker...
  • ''No matter what your fight, don't be ladylike! God Almighty made women and the Rockefeller gang of thieves made the ladies.''
    Mother Jones (1830-1930), U.S. labor organizer. The Autobiography of Mother Jones, ch. 22 (1925). From her address to a 1915 dinner assemblage of ...
  • ''... there are no limits to which powers of privilege will not go to keep the workers in slavery.''
    Mother Jones (1830-1930), U.S. labor organizer. The Autobiography of Mother Jones, ch. 3 (1925).
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