[This article is one of a series on lost women written by Erika Gottfried as part of an independent study project at the University of Washington in history and women's studies. The essay was first printed in the Seattle Post Intelligencer, July 18, 1976.]
Probably few of Washington's workers ever have stopped to wonder who gave them their eight-hour work day. If they had, they would have learned that a large share of credit goes to one courageous woman-Alice M. Lord. Lord, who was instrumental in forming the Waitresses' Union Local 240, was the moving force behind the lobbying efforts to give women a minimum wage and better work conditions in the early 1900's.