by Jeff Biggers
“In the US Senate, Mother Jones was once called the ‘grandmother of all agitators.’ She replied that it was her desire to one day be the ‘great-grandmothers of all agitators.'”–Mother Jones
On International Women’s Day, let us now praise the muckrakers, the agitators, the coal mining women, the organizers, the fearless ones willing to stand up to Big Coal.
Or, as writer and coal miner organizer Agnes Burns Wieck once responded to the bogus “Ladies Auxiliary” friends of Big Coal: “We are not ladies, we are women.”