The following article is representative of the remarkable career for Eva McDonald Valesh (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."
Workers are organizing through unions and other organizations to improve their lives. Union representation provides a voice on the job and the opportunity to improve wages, benefits and working conditions.