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  • Collection: Mollie Lieber West

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.

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 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.

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.

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Mollie with other members of the Coalition of Labor Union Women, likely at a convention. Many of the women are wearing "Yes ERA" and other buttons and appear to be singing.

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Mollie West represents her local union, Local 16, as an elected delegate at the 1976 ITU Convention.

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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€¦

Mollie West (left) shakes the hand of a young woman, as a young man looks on. These individuals are likely colleagues working with Mollie and the Young Communist League.

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Mollie sits at her desk at the printing shop where she worked.

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Mollie West holds a bag of newspapers by her computer at the office of the Illinois Labor History Society, where she served as volunteer secretary for many years.
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