Told in evocative and heartfelt verse, Audacity is the historical fiction narrative that follows one brave girl’s fight for women’s rights. Based on the real-life labor wars of American history.
Based on the real life story of Clara Lemlich, a Russian Jewish immigrant who emigrated to New York at the turn of the twentieth century, this novel in verse tells the story of a determined and tenacious young woman’s struggle for equal rights. Clara refuses to accept substandard working conditions in the factories on Manhattan’s Lower East Side and devotes herself to the labor fight, speaking up for those who remain silent, picketing for better working conditions, enduring multiple jailings and severe police beatings that eventually result in hospitalization. But Clara refuses to give up and, in time, she convinces the women in the factories to strike, organize, and unionize, all of which culminates in the famous Uprising of the 20,000—the largest strike by women in American history.