Members of the Matchmakers Union, 1888 CE.
Photograph of members of the Matchmakers Union in London, 1888 from Annie Besant, Annie Besant - An Autobiography. 2nd ed. London, 1893.
In 1888, 1400 workers at the Bryant and May match factory in London waged a groundbreaking strike against falling wages, abuse, and dangerous job conditions--one of the first successful mass industrial actions by truly ‘proletarian’ labor. As this picture suggests, the strikers were primarily women, many of them teenagers.