Women's Trade Union League and Its Leaders

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Previous title: Papers of the Women's Trade Union League and Its Principal Leaders

Sponsored by the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at Radcliffe College, and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, this collection chronicles the activities of the Women's Trade Union League (WTUL) on national and local levels, providing an in-depth look at its leaders and their effect on politics and other social reform movements of the times.

The Women's Trade Union League and Its Leaders documents the lives and activities of Margaret Dreier Robins, formerly the League's national leader, as well as Leonora O'Reilly, Agnes Nestor, Mary Anderson and Rose Schneiderman.

It reviews the history of the League through assorted material gathered from the holdings of:

  • Baker Library, Harvard School of Business Administration
  • Boston Public Library
  • Chicago Historical Society
  • Columbia University Library
  • Littauer Library, Harvard University
  • New York State Department of Labor Library
  • Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe College
  • Tamiment Library, New York University
  • U.S. Department of Labor Library
  • University of Florida Libraries
  • University of Illinois at Chicago Circle

The Women's Trade Union League and Its Leaders reveals the organization's interactions with the suffrage movement and wartime agencies, the founding and work of the federal Women's Bureaus and the controversy within the women's movement regarding the Equal Rights Amendment, as well as the involvement of its leaders in political party campaigns, post-war movements for the renunciation of the war and the defense of the prohibition.

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