To See the Stars


Cynthia Mercati

Published by Dramatic Publishing

Large Mixed Cast
It's 1909 and the shirtwaist industry in New York is making profits of $50 million

But the young girls who work in the factories earn barely enough to live on, and their working conditions are brutal

When their pleas for help are rejected by the male-dominated union, the young girls who work at Johannsen's Shirtwaist Factory band together to fight for a better life

They endure beatings, starvation and even prison but ultimately prevail, as the shirtwaist girls win the first industry-wide strike in American labor history

However the girls' real victory is in changing the way they see themselves - not as victims, but as fighters - and in discovering the power of sisterhood

Cast can be expanded

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