Mother Jones 1837 - 1930 LABOR LEADER Mary Harris Jones, assailed in Congress as "the grandmother of all agitators," and hailed as "the miner's angel" by workers, fought against child labor and for decent conditions, fair pay, and safety in the workplace.
Mary Harris Jones (Mother Jones), The Most Dangerous Woman in America... She was denounced on the floor of the United States Senate as the "grandmother of all agitators," and replied: "I hope to live long enough to be the great-grandmother of all agitators." Her motto: "Pray for the dead, and fight like hell for the living."
Mother Jones at the White House in Washington DC, 1924. Labor leader Mother Jones was known as a radical union organizer who fought to organize miners. In her later years she also worked for child labor reform. She was sometimes known as the Mother of All Agitators.
September 30, 1899: Mother Jones organizes the wives of striking miners in Arnot, Pennsylvania, to descend on the mine with brooms and mops and clanging pots and pans. "I told the men to stay home with the children for a change and let the women attend to the scabs." The women frightened away the mules and their scab drivers and returned daily to keep watch. The miners eventually won their strike.