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Ladies Association of Philadelphia The Ladies Association of Philadelphia emerged during the Revolutionary War, 1780-81, as a patriotic organization among women in and near Philadelphia. Association members worked to supply material support to George... The Ladies Association of Philadelphia emerged during the Revolutionary War, 1780-81, as a patriotic organization among women in and near Philadelphia. Association members worked to supply material support to George Washington’s army -- in 1781, members sewed and delivered 2,000 linen shirts to soldiers. Through their work in the association, Esther Reed (1747-1780) and Sarah Franklin Bache (1743-1808), Benjamin Franklin’s daughter, created a public voice for women and anticipated the new democratic politics of the nineteenth century. Show more Show less 1780 1
League of Women Shoppers The League of Women Shoppers was formed in 1935 to serve as a middle-class ally to working people engaged in labor disputes. With the slogan "use your buying power for justice," the LWS challenged women to support f... The League of Women Shoppers was formed in 1935 to serve as a middle-class ally to working people engaged in labor disputes. With the slogan "use your buying power for justice," the LWS challenged women to support fair labor practices with their shopping dollars by purchasing union-produced goods, boycotting manufacturers who mistreated employees, donating to strike relief funds, and writing to store managers. The predominantly middle-class members of the LWS used their social position to attract media attention to the strikes and pickets of workers across race, class, and geographic lines. The LWS had chapters in many major cities—San Francisco, Washington D.C., Chicago, Atlanta, St. Louis, and Hollywood—and worked with other reform organizations such as the National Consumers League. Show more Show less 1935 3