This Day in Jewish History A Leading Yiddish Labor Agitator in New York Is Born

Unrelenting fighter for social justice that she was, Clara Lemlich Shavelson even helped unionize the staff at the old-age home where she spent her final years.

March 28, 1886, is the birthdate of Clara Lemlich Shavelson, a Yiddish-speaking labor leader and social activist, who spent nearly all of her long life fighting for social justice. Even at the Jewish old-age home where she spent her final years, Shavelson organized the maintenance staff.