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Elizabeth Gurley Flynn


"The Rebel Girl”

Born in Concord in 1890, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn was a nationally known labor leader.

civil libertarian and feminist organizer.

She joined the Industrial Workers of the World at age 17 where her fiery speeches earned her the nickname The Rebel Girl. As a founder of the American Civil Liberties Union Flynn advocated for women's rights, including supporting their right to vote and access to birth control. She joined the Communist Party in 1936 and was sent to prison in 1951 under the notorious Smith Act.

Submitted by Chi C.

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