PAWTUCKET – It was May 1824 when 102 young women blocked the entrance to Sam Slater’s textile mill, shutting them down while causing the first industrial strike in the United States.

These women, from ages 15 to 30, were weavers and had just found out that the mill owners planned to increase their workday by an hour while cutting their wages by 25 percent. Everyone’s workday was being increased but only the power-loom weavers’ wages were getting cut. So along with community sympathizers, the women gathered by the entrance of the Mill not allowing anyone in for business.

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