Mary Anderson (labor leader)


Mary Anderson (labor leader)
Anderson portrait

Mary Anderson (August 27, 1872 – 1964) was an Labor activist and an advocate for women in the workplace.

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Biography

Mary Anderson was born in Lidköping, in Skaraborg County, Sweden. She emigrated to the United States in 1888 at the age of sixteen. She began her working career as a domestic worker, became a factory employee and later a trade union leader. She was a member of the Boot and Shoe Workers' Union and a founder of the Women's Trade Union League in Chicago, Illinois.

Mary Anderson was the first Director of the Women's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor.[1]Anderson was Director of the United States Women's Bureau in the U.S. Department of Labor for a quarter century and was considered one of the most influential of all women in Federal service. She served for five presidents and, during her tenure, saw the ranks of women workers more than double.[2][3]

Autobiography

  • Woman At Work: The Autobiography of Mary Anderson as Told to Mary N. Winslow (Minneapolis,MN: Minnesota Historical Society Press. 1951)

Further reading

  • Foner, Philip S., Women and the American Labor Movement: From Colonial Times to the Eve of World War I (The Free Press; 1979)
  • Orleck, Annelise, Common Sense and a Little Fire: Women and Working-Class Politics in the United States, 1900-1965 (The University of North Carolina Press. 1995)

External links

References

  1. ^ Women's Bureau (The President and Fellows of Harvard College) [1]
  2. ^ Labor Hall of Fame Honoree (U.S. Department of Labor. 1991)[2]
  3. ^ Milestones: The Women's Bureau Celebrates 70 Years Of Women's Labor History (U.S. Department of Labor. Women's Bureau. 1990 [3]

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