In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Workers’ History Museum is presenting an evening of story and songs about the Match Girls / Les allumettières. Les allumettières engaged in the earliest strikes by women in Quebec in 1919 and 1924, protesting against meagre pay and horrible working conditions while making matches for E. B. Eddy.
The WHM is pleased to announce that one of our favourite storytellers, Ruth Stewart-Verger, will be on hand to tell the story of Les allumettières and one of the first Quebec women strike leaders, Donalda Charron. Ruth’s tellings have been featured at various events related to the Museum, including this one in which she and Donna Stewart told the story of the Almonte Train Wreck on 1942.
Ruth will be joined on stage by Maura Volante, who sings songs about work and workers. Maura is well-known for her wonderful renditions of traditional songs and will be accompanied by Marie Deziel. Here is a clip of Maura performing at the Log Drive Cafè.
The story will be told in English and the songs will be in both English and French. The event will take place at 25One Community (251 Bank St., Second Floor); doors open at 7pm. This is a fundraising event sponsored by the WHM – admission is $15. Cash bar.