|Known for||Inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame for organizing the 1st female union in the USA. Mullany, led a successful 6-day strike in 1864 to increase wages and improve working conditions for the Collar Laundry Union.|
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Kate Mullany (1845-1906) was an early female labor leader who started the all-women Collar Laundry Union in Troy, New York in February 1864. It was one of the first women's unions that lasted longer than the resolution of a specific issue.
Kate Mullany was an Irish immigrant born in 1845, and she moved to the United States of America at a very young age. With her co-workers Esther Keegan and Sarah McQuillan, she organized approximately 300 women into the first sustained female union in the country, the Collar Laundry Union, in 1864. Mullany went on to be its president and was elected second vice-president of the National Labor Union.
At the age of 19, when her father died, Mullany had to work 12-14 hours a day for $3 a week.When Mullany was 24 years old, she led a successfull 6-day strike in 1864 with over 300 other women to increase wages and improve working conditions. The strike led to a wage increase of 25 percent.
In 1869 she married John Fogarty and her obituary was listed under her married name (as a respectable Irish Catholic woman would insist be proper).Around that time, Mullany also failed at trying to create new laundry and collar-making cooperatives.She died in 1906 and was buried in the Fogarty family plot in St. Peter's Cemetery, Troy, New York.
- Kate Mullany House
- Collar Laundry Union
- Troy, New York
- National Women's Hall of Fame
- National Labor Union
- Kate Mullany biography at the National Park Service government web site. Accessed February 4, 2008.
- National Women's Hall of Fame official web site. Accessed February 4, 2008.
- Wiawaka Women's Camp web site. Accessed February 4, 2008.
- Kate Mullany House organization official web site. Accessed February 4, 2008/
- Kate Mullany House organization official web site Grave web page. Accessed February 4, 2008/
- Page Putnam Miller; Jill S. Mesirow; Andrew Laas; John W. Bond; Rachel Bliven (September 4, 1997), National Historic Landmark Nomination—Kate Mullany House (pdf), National Park Service and Accompanying 2 photos, from 1994. (493 KB)
- NY Senate Women's Heritage Month web site. Accessed February 4, 2008.
- Women's Heritage Trail official web site. Accessed February 4, 2008.
- The Kate Mullany story at the Public Employees Federation web site
- Connect Kids to Troy History
- America's Working Women: A Documentary History, 1600 to the Present By Rosalyn Baxandall, Linda Gordon, Susan Reverby Published 1995 W. W. Norton & Company 356 pages ISBN 0-393-31262-3 found at 
- Turbin, Carole (1994). Working Women of Collar City: Gender, Class, and Community in Troy, 1864-86. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press. ISBN 0252018362.