1900 – Female Cotton Mill Workers Strike

On this date 100 female employees of the Monterey mill, affiliated with the Janesville Cotton Mills, went on strike for higher wages. According to local sources, a committee of four "good-looking young ladies" was appointed to negotiate with management. Doing piece work, the women earned only $40 a month. The company¬†said the women¬†"don’t know how good they’ve got it…because they are paid more than at other local cotton mills and as well as some men with families." The women argued their monthly pay only averaged $20. Within three days, all the women were hired to work by tobacco warehouses. The Monterey mill was one of three Janesville cotton mills in operation at the turn of the century. [Source: ]