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Elizabeth Brandeis Raushenbush

Elizabeth Brandeis Raushenbush followed in the footsteps of her famous father, Louis Brandeis, by becoming a leader in labor legislation and helping lay the groundwork for the New Deal. Raushenbush earned a BA from Radcliffe in 1918 and spent the next five years working for Washington, DC’s Minimum Wage Board, documenting unfair wage rates for women and children. She then returned to school, earning a PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1928 and teaching in the economics department there for forty years. While there, she wrote the section on labor legislation for John Commons’s vital History of Labor in the United States. She also served on the governor’s Committee on Migratory Labor in Wisconsin and the United States Labor Department’s Advisory Committee on Young Workers, researching wages and working conditions and strengthening enforcement of labor laws. In 1932, she and her husband, Paul Raushenbush, spearheaded development of the Groves Bill, which forced employers to pay ten weeks of unemployment benefits to workers they dismissed. The landmark bill, which became a model both for other states and for the Social Security Act of the New Deal, encouraged employers to retain workers instead of casually firing them.

Date of Birth
April 25, 1896
Date of Death

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