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Union Maids

by Julia Reichert, Jim Klein and Miles Mogulescu

A vivid history of women organizing in the 1930's

Sitdowns, scabs, goon squads, unemployment, hunger marches, red baiting and finally the energetic birth of the CIO--the 1930s were a landmark period for the American labor movement. Union Maids is the story of three women who lived the history and make it come alive today.

Vincent Canby
The New York Times
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Pauline Kael
The New Yorker
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quoteAn inspiring film about three magnificent women. This is the best film on labor history I have ever seen. I plan to show it again and again.
Howard Zinn
Professor of History, Boston University

quoteUnion Maids is the most energizing, exhilarating labor organizing movie imaginable. For the first time I could see for myself there really is 'joy in the struggle!'
Alice Walker
Ms Magazine


  • Academy Award Nominee, Best Feature Documentary
  • National Television Special, PBS Television Network
  • Blue Ribbon, American Film & Video Festival
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