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This is a homage to craft, against automation and mass production and the women of the factories of Lynn shoe making industry. Also to people everywhere who take the time away to study the finer details of making things and occupy their time just for the sake of making.
Unlike the manufacture of cloth, the making of boots and shoes was not, historically, a women's industry. Shoe making or cobbling was considered 'mens work' however women made up large numbers of the work force in the shoe industry, second highest for employment after the textile industries.
On march the 7th 1860 a large procession of women strikers braved drifting snow and fierce winds to march through the streets of Lynn in fight for higher wages. Signs that read 'American ladies will not be slaves, we dare battle for the right, shoulder to shoulder with our fathers, husbands and brothers.
The women would bringing an air of morality to the strikes but would be disappointed as it turned out the men leading the strike were planning to demand a wage increase only for men. Higher pay for women they feared would make the strike a failure and the women abandoned the strike.
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