On this date in 1865, Helen Marot was born in Philadelphia. She grew up in an affluent family and received a Quaker education. From 1895 to 1896, Marot was the literary editor of Ladies' Home Journal but in 1897 she opened a private library specializing in works on social and economic topics. The Free Library of Economics and Political Science was dedicated to educating Philadelphians about social changes and pursuing the socialist cause for building a more just and humane society.
Helen Marot went on to organize the Bookkeepers, Stenographers and Accountants Union in New York City, and organized and led the city's Shirtwaist Strike in 1909. In 1912, she was a member of a commission investigating the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire.
Today’s labor quote is by Helen Marot
"The labor unions are group efforts in the direction of democracy. Like the political efforts in the same direction, they become many times stultified and lead up blind alleys. But the effort creates power. While the economic gains are themselves important and are measures of strength, the significance of the labor union is its assertion of the manhood of labor."
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