In 1936, workers at a General Motors plant in Flint, Michigan decided to join the United Auto Workers. The company had already placed spies within the plant workforce in order to quell dissent and prevent worker organization. The workers in Flint eventually began a strike and GM eventually asked the Flint police to break up the sit-down strike. The police began to use tear gas on the workers, but the women of Flint broke the windows of the plant and stood in front of the building, helping their husbands with the protest. The sight of female protestors was shocking at the time and was instrumental in the UAW getting a foothold in what was then the largest auto manufacturer in the world.
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