Formerly a teacher and seamstress, "Mother"
Jones set out on a new career as a labor organizer
at the age of 50. Primarily concerned with the plight
of children working in the textile mills in the East
and coal miners in the West, she spent the last 50
years of her life in a crusade to organize the workers,
support strike efforts, and bring public attention
to their cause. She traveled constantly, often living
without a permanent home or income, moving from one
industrial area to the next, wherever she was needed.
She is most famous for leading miners'wives armed
only with brooms and mops to chase off strikebreakers
in Colorado, and for organizing a march of Pennsylvania
child mill workers all the way to President Roosevelt's
home on Long Island in an effort to dramatize the evils
of child labor.