One of the biggest stories of the 20th century was the introduction of women into the industrialized workforce. Unfortunately, management often ruthlessly exploited those new workers. One woman who wouldn’t take it was Crystal Lee Sutton, who in the 1970s risked everything to unionize the workers at the J.P. Stevens textile plant in Roanoke Rapids, N.C. Sutton (a mother of three) earned a paltry $2.65 an hour and endured awful conditions, so she worked to unite her fellow employees for better representation. The company fired her and had police escort her out, but within a year the plant was unionized. Her story was turned into the 1979 Sally Field movie Norma Rae.