Rose Pesotta

Anarchist, Feminist Organizer and ILGWU Leader

(1896 - 1965)

Description : ...an anarchist, feminist labor organizer and vise president within the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Born Rakhel Peisoty in Derazhnia, Ukraine in 1896 to a family of grain merchants, Pesotta was well educated during her childhood and, influenced by People's Will, would eventually adopt anarchist views. (From : Anarchy Archives)

Tags : anarchist, iglwu, ukrainian, feminist, labor unionist, speaker.

Quotes :

"I had no ambition to hold executive authority. Valuing my own freedom, I wanted to avoid getting into harness, and to keep from becoming enmeshed in inner-circle politics. Too, I felt that I could serve the cause of my fellow-unionists just as effectively as a rank-and-file member. And it was my contention that the voice of a solitary woman on the General Executive Board would be a voice lost in the wilderness." (From : "Bread Upon the Waters," by Rose Pesotta.)
"Soon after the 1929 stock market crash 30,000 persons in that city were jobless. Some organized the Unemployed Citizens' League, which set the pace for similar self-help groups all over the United States. Harvesting fruit and vegetable crops on a sharing basis, it set up various co-operative enterprises, which, however, were opposed by business men, who feared these would cut into their profits." (From : "Bread Upon the Waters," by Rose Pesotta.)
"In the brief span of its life, the IWW produced men who became internationally known and whose names were torches of inspiration in many lands. Most of them paid a high price for their fame, some with their lives." (From : "Bread Upon the Waters," by Rose Pesotta.)

Biography :

Rose Pesotta 1

Rose Pesotta was an anarchist, feminist labor organizer and vise president within the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Born Rakhel Peisoty in Derazhnia, Ukraine in 1896 to a family of grain merchants, Pesotta was well educated during her childhood and, influenced by People's Will, would eventually adopt anarchist views. In 1913, at the age of 17, Pesotta emigrated to New York City and found employment in a shirtwaist factory, quickly joining the ILGWU, a union representing the mostly Jewish and Latina female garment workers. Working hard to educate her fellow workers, Pesotta was elected to the exclusively male executive board of ILGWU Local 25 in 1920. She spent two years at Brookwood Labor College in the 1920s. The union sent her to Los Angeles in 1933 to organize garment workers, and was appointed as vise-president of the union in 1934. One of her biggest accomplishments in Los Angeles was the leading role she played in the garment industry wide strike of 1933. Pesotta also contributed occasional articles to the anarchist newspaper Road to Freedom, where she found herself on more than one occasion debating other anarchists on the merits of working within traditional union structures, and was heavily criticized for such activities by Marcus Graham. In 1944 Pesotta resigned from the executive board of the union in protest of the fact that, despite 85% of the union's membership were women, she was the sole female executive member. Rose Pesotta died in 1965.

From : Anarchy Archives.

Works :

Author of Bread Upon The Waters (November 30, 1944)

Chronology :

November 30, 1895 : Rose Pesotta's Birth Day.
November 30, 1964 : Rose Pesotta's Death Day.
November 15, 2016 : Rose Pesotta's Added to http://www.RevoltLib.com.
April 21, 2019 : Rose Pesotta's Last Updated on http://www.RevoltLib.com.

Links :

Anarchy Archives: Rose Pesotta
http://dwardmac.pitzer.edu/Anarchist_Archives/bright/pesotta/pesotta.html
Anarchist Library: Rose Pesotta
https://theanarchistlibrary.org/category/author/rose-pesotta
Wikipedia: Rose Pesotta
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_Pesotta

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