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When Mollie stood to speak at the 1973 ITU Convention, she became the first woman to address the union. With this bold step, she inspired change.

Mollie talks about the founding of CLUW and how it will help women and the labor movement.

In this video, Mollie talks about starting the "Midwest Daily Record" and working as a secretary for the communist newspaper. She also describes how she met her first husband, Carl Lieber, when he was hired as a reporter.

On May 30, 1937, Mollie West attended a rally in support of the workers strike at Republic Steel. The protest turned violent, changing Mollie's life.

Mollie tells about a formative experience in high school in which she organized a strike to protest the funding cuts that would eliminate the school orchestra and other programs for students.

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Mollie married James West in 1948.

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Lois Ronen, member of the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and Mollie L. West, member of the Chicago Typographical Union No. 16, attending January 4, 1986 rally supporting striking printers, mailers, and pressmaen against the Chicago Tribune. Site is theā€¦

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Mollie West at her graduation from Mundelein College's Weekend College in 1978 with Addie Wyatt, a prominent labor activist who gave the address at the graduation ceremony.
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