Alice Kessler-Harris

Alice Kessler-Harris is professor of history and former director of women’s studies at Rutgers University, where she received her M.A. and Ph.D. Among her numerous publications are Out to Work: A History of Wage-Earning Women in the United States; A Woman’s Wage: Historical Meanings and Social Consequences; and U.S. History as Women’s History: New Feminist History, edited with Linda Kerber and Kathryn Kish Sklar. A graduate of Goucher College (A.B.), Kessler-Harris has won a number of fellowships, awards and honorary degrees. Her current work examines the gendered construction of social policy and culture.

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Labor Movement in the United States

Jewish American women have played a central role in the American labor movement since the beginning of the twentieth century. As women, they brought to trade unions their sensibilities about the organizing process and encouraged labor to support government regulation to protect women in the workforce. As Jews who emerged from a left-wing cultural tradition, they nurtured a commitment to social justice, which would develop into what is often called “social unionism.” From their position as an ethnic and religious minority, as well as from their position as women, they helped to shape the direction of the mainstream labor movement.

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