Theresa Wolfson

Theresa Wolfson’s career led her down two parallel paths as a labor activist and as an educator of both college students and workers. Wolfson began as an investigator for wage standards in the garment industry and a field agent for the National Child Labor Committee. Later, as executive secretary of the New York Consumer’s League, she lobbied for minimum wage and eight-hour workday legislation. In 1924, she became education director for the International Ladies Garment Workers Union and wrote her PhD dissertation on barriers to organizing women workers. In 1929, she became a professor at Brooklyn College, where she taught until her retirement in 1967. As a pioneer member of the faculty, she helped design curricula and organize departments, as well as teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses in labor economics. In 1957, Wolfson was honored with the John Dewey Award of the League for Industrial Democracy for her long history of mediating industrial disputes.

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Brooklyn, NY
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Jewish Women's Archive. "Theresa Wolfson." (Viewed on May 9, 2021) <https://jwa.org/people/wolfson-theresa>.

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