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Labor

Joyce D. Miller, 1928 - 2012

Joyce Dannen Miller was born in Chicago on June 19, 1928. Her father ran a dry goods store and her mother was a teacher at a school for the deaf, mute, and blind. While in school at the University of Chicago, she worked in a gumball factory, which brought her into the bakery and confectionery workers’ union. By the early 1970s, she had made a name for herself setting up the “Rolls Royce of day care centers” through the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America in Chicago.

Sustenance

So, it’s an educators’ conference. You can imagine, we are caught in our business casual pastel prints and scarves, pencil skirts and ballet flats.

Bread & Roses, Raisins & Almonds, Labor & Sustenance

This week teachers from around the nation are participating in JWA’S Institute for Educators.

Rose Finkelstein leads successful strike

April 20, 1919

Rose Finkelstein leads 8,000 women in successful six-day strike against New England Telephone and Telegraph Company.

May Day: Celebrating through protest

Happy May Day! Originally, May Day was a pagan springtime festival, roots of which survive in the traditions of flower-festooned maypoles and the crowning of the “Queen of the May.” Since the late 19th century, it has also been a workers’ holiday. Though in the US it has been officially replaced (and I would argue, coopted) by Labor Day in September, May Day remains an occasion for social protest of many kinds.

Documentary "Gloria: In Her Own Words" premieres on HBO

August 15, 2011

The documentary Gloria: In Her Own Words, telling the story of the women’s movement as seen through the eyes of Gloria Steinem, premiered on HBO.

Institute for Educators 2012 | Jewish Women's Archive

The Power of Our Stories

Jewish Women's Archive

JWA's Greatest Hits: Meet Steampunk Emma Goldman

One of my favorite aspects about being Jewish is mixing tradition with the present.

"Irene": A collection of stories and poems from a life lived courageously

Her writings are archived in the Minnesota Historical Society. The Minneapolis Public Library has a chair in her name.

Gerry Faier, 1908 - 2011

An agitator, rabble-rouser, and working-class Jewish lesbian, Gerry Faier found company and camaraderie among fellow labor organizers, the burgeoning gay and lesbian communities of Woodstock and Greenwich Village, and activists across many generations.

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