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Mother Jones, referring to Mary Harris Jones

(1837 - )

Biography:

American Labor Activist and Community Organizer

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A lady is the last thing on earth I want to be. Capitalists sidetrack the women into clubs and make ladies of them.
All the average human being asks is something he can call a home; a family that is fed and warm; and now and then a little happiness; once in a long while an extravagance.
God almighty made women and the Rockefeller gang of thieves made the ladies.
Goodbye, boys; I'm under arrest. I may have to go to jail. I may not see you for a long time. Keep up the fight! Don't surrender! Pay no attention to the injunction machine at Parkersburg. The Federal judge is a scab anyhow. While you starve he plays golf. While you serve humanity, he serves injunctions for the money powers.
I abide where there is a fight against wrong.
I am Mother Jones. The Government can't take my life and you can't take my arm, but you can take my suitcase.
I am not a suffragist, nor do I believe in "careers" for women, especially a "career" in factory and mill where most working women have their "careers." A great responsibility rests upon woman?the training of children. This is her most beautiful task.
I am not afraid of the pen, or the scaffold, or the sword. I will tell the truth wherever I please.
I am not an anti to anything which will bring freedom to my class.
I am not blind to the shortcomings of our own people. I am not unaware that leaders betray, and sell out, and play false. But this knowledge does not outweigh the fact that my class, the working class, is exploited, driven, fought back with the weapon of starvation, with guns and with venal courts whenever they strike for conditions more human, more civilized for their children, and for their children's children.
First Name: 
Mother
Last Name: 
Jones, referring to Mary Harris Jones
Birth Date: 
1837
Death Date: 
1930
Bio: 
American Labor Activist and Community Organizer