Addams' 1894 talk on the Pullman strike was only published in 1912 in the Survey. She analyzes the strike, drawing comparisons between George Pullman and his workers, and Shakespeare's King Lear and Cordelia.
In 1894, Addams gave a speech to the Chicago Woman's Club and the Twentieth Century Club about the Pullman strike. The speech was not published until 18 years later, in the November 1912 Survey. In it, she draws comparisons between the key players in the strike, particularly George Pullman, and Shakespeare's dysfunctional royal family.
Addams discusses the impact of the proposed Illinois’ “Eight Hour Bill” on both men and women workers. She spoke at a meeting of the Joint Committee for the Women's Eight Hour Bill held at the Morrison Hotel.