We Were Not Ladies. We Were Women. is a feature-length audio documentary produced by Greg Boozell. It chronicles the story of Agnes Burns Wieck and her tumultuous year as president of the Illinois Women’s Auxiliary of the Progressive Miners of America.
In September 1932, thousands of Illinois miners split from the United Mine Workers of America to form a dissident union, the Progressive Miners of America. More than a factional dispute, the Illinois mine war would determine whether a union’s power could be wielded autocratically by its leaders, or if the miners union would be governed democratically by its members.
And under Agnes Burns Wieck’s leadership, the women of the coalfields would assert themselves as equal partners in the struggle.
This is an audio documentary provided for download by permission of the producer. Permission documentation is on file.
Merithew, Caroline Waldron, "We Were Not Ladies. We Were Women." (2015). Department of History Media Contributions. 1.