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Women's Trade Union Seal

National Women's Trade Union Seal
Julia Bracken Wendt
National Women's Trade Union Seal
Pen and ink drawing on board
Manuscript Division
Gift of the National Women's
Trade Union League (54.13)

This seal, designed by Julia Bracken Wendt, features a woman in armor with a shield marked "Victory" taking the hand of a mother with babe in arms. Between them the sun rises on the goals of the National Women's Trade Union League (NWTUL): "The Eight-Hour Day. A Living Wage. To Guard the Home," while a factory looms in the background. The NWTUL was formed in response to the lack on interest of male unionists in the organization of women workers. The NWTUL drafted guidelines for labor reform legislation, including minimum wage and an eight-hour work day.

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