Editor's note: The following article is representative of the remarkable career for Eva McDonald (writing under the name Eva Gay), a muckraking journalist and activist in the Twin Cities in the late 1800s and early 1900s. At a time when women lacked many economic and political rights, she lived and worked with an unusual degree of independence. Her eyewitness accounts of working conditions appeared in The St. Paul Globe, which pledged, "to ferret out every wrong and hardship endured by the thousands of girl wage-workers and right them where possible."
An investigation by Workday Minnesota found wage theft is larger and more widespread than most people realize. Minnesotans are losing millions of dollars every year.