September 15, 1845: Earlier in the year, 5,000 women cotton mill workers in and around Pittsburgh go on strike for a 10-hour day and an end to child labor. Months into the strike, hundreds marched on the Blackstock Mill, one of the largest in the area. The women broke down the factory's gates and forcibly expelled the scabs, while the men who accompanied them kept the police at bay.
Today on the podcast, I had the pleasure of talking with the incredible @jenhewett. We discuss her path to being the talented printmaker she is today, to being real about keeping a job to pay your bills and afford you time to make art, as well as makin