Quote – George W. Perkins, director of the Harvester Company.

This night work has been rendered necessary largely because of the Government’s perfectly unreasonable attitude towards large corporations, which has made it impossible for managers of large concerns to know whether….they could expand their plans to keep up with increasing demands or not.

The Factory Investigating Commission investigated a Harvesterplant where women worked all night long, while suffering through atrocious conditions including dust caked everything leading to chronic lung troubles for many workers. The women earned (at most) $7 a week or around $150 in today’s dollars. From “Finds Women Driven By Harvester Trust, ” New York Times.

Tuesday, August 22, 1911