Bellanca, Dorothy

Bellanca, Dorothy (b. Jacobs)

(1894–1946) labor leader, social reformer; born in Zemel, Lativia. Emigrating in 1900, she went to work in a factory at age 13 and became an organizer for the United Garment Workers of America, leading a strike of fellow buttonhole makers in 1912. A founder of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (1914) and member of its executive board (1916–18, 1934–46), she devoted 30 years to organizing campaigns and several major strikes. She also served on committees involved with labor issues and was an active American Labor Party member and supporter of Franklin D. Roosevelt.
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