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Match Girls

In Celebration of Women’s History Month:  Story and Songs about the Match Girls / les allumettières, who engaged in the earliest strikes by women in Quebec in 1919 and 1924 against meagre pay and horrible working conditions making matches for E. B. Eddy.

Story:  Ruth Stewart-Verger, Ottawa StoryTellers, tells the story in English of the Match Girls and one of the first Quebec women strike leaders, Donalda Charron

donalda charron


Songs: Maura Volante – French and English songs about working, accompanied by Marie Deziel


Date:  October 16, 2014, 7:30 p.m. / doors open 7:00 p.m.


Location: 25One Community, 251 Bank Street, 2nd floor


Admission:  $15.00


A fundraising event sponsored by the Workers’ History Museum.  Cash bar.


Nous, les allumettièresOn s’est battues contre la misère

Prenez la leçon de vos mères

Et soyez solidaires


(Les Allumetières Paroles: Chantal Berniquez et Luc Villemaire; Musique Luc Villemaire)

We the match girlsFought against misery

Learn the lessons of your mothers

And maintain solidarity


(Les Allumetières Lyrics: Chantal Berniquez and Luc Villemaire; Music: Luc Villemaire)