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Esther DeBerdtEsther DeBerdt (1746-1780)
In 1780 "Daughter of Liberty" Esther DelBerdt Reed organized a women's committee in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to raise money for General Washington's troops. They raised an extraordinary amount of $300,000 in Continental (paper) dollars from more than sixteen hundred contributors by going door-to-door.

Mary Kenny O'SullivanMary Kenny O'Sullivan (1864 - 1943)
Mary Kenney O’Sullivan was an organizer in the early U.S. labor movement. She learned early the importance of unions from poor treatment received at her first job in dressmaking.

Making a career in bookbinding, she joined the Ladies Federal Local Union Number 2703 and organized her own group from within, Woman’s Bookbinding Union Number 1. In 1892, O’Sullivan was appointed by Samuel Gompers as the first woman general union organizer for the American Federation of Labour.

Mary AndersonMary Anderson (1872-1964)
Anderson's keen negotiating skills and labor activism, especially on behalf of working women, won her an appointment in 1920 as the first director of the Women's Bureau in in the U.S. Department of Labor.

During her 24 years there, she played a major role in winning federal minimum wage and maximum hour laws for women. After retiring in 1944, Anderson continued to advocate on behalf of working women.
(Borrowed from the National Women's History Project)

Crystal EastmanCrystal Eastman (1881-1928)
In 1910, Lawyer Crystal Eastman drafts early worker's compensation laws. An ardent advocate of social causes, she later co-founds the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and is one of four people who wrote the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), introduced in 1923.

Esther PetersonEsther Peterson (1906-1997)
Peterson worked throughout her life for consumer protection, improved labor conditions for American workers, and equal opportunity for American women. Because of her work, working women have a legal right to equal pay and food labels by law must now list exact amounts of ingredients and the nutritional content. She served four U.S. Presidents in various capacities, including Assistant Secretary of Labor, and Vice-Chair of the first Presidential Commission on the Status of Women.