The CFC

28 Nov 2012

womenwhokickass:

Luisa Capetillo: Why she kicks ass
Luisa is one of Puerto Rico’s most famous labor organizers, a writer and an anarchist who fought for workers and women’s rights.
After the Spanish-American War, she found a job in a cigar factory. Here she had her first contact with labor unions, and began to write essays, titled “Mi Opinión”, about her ideas, which were published in radical and union newspapers.
She is considered to be one of Puerto Rico’s first suffragists; she challenged the mainstream society by becoming the first woman in Puerto Rico to wear pants in public (and was sent to jail for what was then considered to be a “crime” though the judge dropped the charges.) 
She also helped pass a minimum-wage law in the Puerto Rican Legislature.

womenwhokickass:

Luisa Capetillo: Why she kicks ass

  • Luisa is one of Puerto Rico’s most famous labor organizers, a writer and an anarchist who fought for workers and women’s rights.
  • After the Spanish-American War, she found a job in a cigar factory. Here she had her first contact with labor unions, and began to write essays, titled “Mi Opinión”, about her ideas, which were published in radical and union newspapers.
  • She is considered to be one of Puerto Rico’s first suffragists; she challenged the mainstream society by becoming the first woman in Puerto Rico to wear pants in public (and was sent to jail for what was then considered to be a “crime” though the judge dropped the charges.) 
  • She also helped pass a minimum-wage law in the Puerto Rican Legislature.