In the early 1900’s women unions’ bids to join the federation were normally turned down. To discourage women from attending its meeting they held their meetings at night and in bars.
AF of L view on women was similar to the notions they had for unskilled labor that they were low wage reserves. Due to its opposition for women and immigrants employment most workers especially unskilled workers considered the group to be sexism and racial biased. However, the formation of strong female labor unions such as international ladies garment workers unions forced the federation to dilute its strategies in order to maintain the competition that rival federations had generated.