Kate Mullany, Local Labor Hero

Paul F. Cole, Executive Director of the Kate Mullany House, discusses the life and times of Kate Mullany, as this young Irish girl rose through the ranks of organized labor. She led a successful six-day strike in 1864 with over 300 other women to increase wages and improve working conditions. It is both a local and national story, beginning with her establishment of the all-women Collar Laundry Union in Troy, to her election as second vice-president of the National Labor Union.

This lecture is part of our Collars, Canals, and Conflagrations Series, funded in part by Greenway Heritage Conservancy HRV, Inc.