Lola Ridge was a Dublin born poet and activist who grew up in the mining towns of New Zealand and Australia. When she was 34 she immigrated to the United States, eventually settling in New York. In 1918 her poem “The Ghetto” was published in the New Republic.
Ridge was a factory worker and political activist who often wrote about race, workers rights and gender issues. She was an advocate of woman’s rights, gay rights and the rights of immigrants.