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Working Women: Boston Women Find Their Voice

Bostonians Fight for Change Series

A Woman Booster for the Trade Union League

Tour Description

For most of the 19th century, Boston’s working women’s voices were not being heard. It would take the creation of the Women’s Trade Union League founded by Mary Kenney O’Sullivan in Boston to show women how to organize themselves into trade unions. On this tour, discover how women’s voices grew from the foundation laid by the Denison House and the WEIU (Women’s Education & Industrial Union). Learn about the proud, defiant women who led Boston’s women’s trade unionism and suffrage movements, and the struggles these movements faced, divided along class lines.

Tour Information

tour duration

90 minutes

tour distance

1.1 miles

tour terrain level 2

potential uneven surfaces and moderate inclines

Private Tours

This tour can be scheduled as a private tour with advance notice. Call 617.367.2345 or use our private tour webform to learn more.

Starting Location

Meet your guide at Brewer Fountain in Boston Common, along Tremont Street.

Finding Your Guide: All guides carry an 8×11 sign that says “Boston By Foot Walking Tours.”

Nearest MBTA Station: Park Street (Green & Red Lines)