Bread and Roses is a video compilation showcasing all of the Hall’s Inductees set to the work song “Bread and Roses,” in which women describe their fight for bread (everyday necessities) and roses (love and beauty). It reminds us that women have long sought to participate in and enjoy all that life has to offer, refusing to be confined to a separate sphere.
The song is particularly appropriate as a backdrop for our Inductees’ stories because their lives are filled with both struggle and achievement. Based on James Oppenheim’s poem of the same title, the song is most often associated with the 1912 Lawrence, Mass., textile strike, led predominantly by women. This version of "Bread and Roses" was recorded by Judy Collins for her 2005 album Bread and Roses. The Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame is pleased to present our current Bread and Roses video!