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Anderson, Mary.

Woman at Work: as told to Mary Winslow.


Signed By Both Authors
Anderson, Mary. Women at Work. The Autobiography of Mary Anderson as told to Mary Winslow. Minneapolis: The University of Minnesota Press, 1951.
266 pp; yellow cloth stamped in black on spine; front panel jacket illustration of painting of women factory workers by Mary Winslow in black and white; gold borders; back panel with portrait of Anderson; slight wear and discoloration along edges; end pages a little sunned; jacked rubbed and chipped along edges, but no text loss; lightly used, else very good.
First edition. A presentation copy, inscribed on the front blank: To Mary and Opal/ Mary Anderson. Signed by Mary N. Winslow below the inscription by Anderson.
Mary Anderson (1872-1964), labor reformer and women's rights activist, was the first Director of the Women's Bureau, Department of Labor, from its inception in 1920-having evolved from the Women in Industry Service Bureau in the Department of Labor founded in 1918 with Anderson as assistant director-until her retirement in 1944. She was the first U.S. government representative to the International Labor Organization, championing principles of equality for women that were to be incorporated in the United Nations Charter. The daughter of a Swedish farming family, she emigrated to the U.S. at the age of 16, not speaking English, joining her sister in Pentwater, Michigan. After six years of domestic work, she went to Chicago to work in a show factory where she joined the Boot and Shoe Worker's Union. A lifelong career of activism was the result. Influenced by (among others) Jane Addams and the Hull House movement, she was a founder of the Women's Trade Union League. By 1918 she had started her career or governmental service, working for Mary van Kleeck in the Woman in Industry Service. For the next 25 years she served several presidents. Her contributions to the betterment of lives of working women cannot be underestimated.

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