Seamstress strike

Photograph

Description

English

This photograph shows a strike held by seamstresses in May 1917. They were protesting against a mandatory, unpaid half-day’s leave per week. In the situation where the entire country was mobilised in support of the war, the rise of military expenditure unbalanced the budget, leading to inflation. Daily life became increasingly difficult in large cities, triggering numerous social movements.

French

Dans une guerre devenue totale, les dépenses militaires déséquilibrent le budget des états en guerre et se traduisent par un gonflement de la masse monétaire et une dépréciation de la monnaie. L’inflation et son corollaire, la baisse du pouvoir d’achat des salariés, explique l’intensité des mouvements sociaux. Ici, une grève des couturières parisiennes en mai 1917.

Full title
Seamstress strike
Created
May, 1917
Format
Photograph
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