The Women’s Bureau was established in the Department of Labor by Public Law No. 259 of June 5, 1920. The law gave the Bureau the duty to “formulate standards and policies which shall promote the welfare of wage-earning women, improve their working conditions, increase their efficiency, and advance their opportunities for profitable employment.”
CBC reporter Molly Hughes talks to “Judith,” a Saint John teen whose parents made her leave home. Homeless for two months, she endured physical abuse and heartbreak in her time on the streets. Now back with her parents, Judith sits down in this 1979 clip to talk about the dangers, the friendships and surviving life when you’re homeless.
This documentary, produced by Allan King, examines the life of the alcoholic derelict on Vancouver’s “skid row”. In this segment, Jimmy, who lives by the harbour, talks about his life over the years and how he has survived living on the streets. His answers reflect the hopelessness he feels about his day-to-day existence, often panhandling and spending the money on alcohol.
activist. DuBois was a founding member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) — the largest and oldest civil rights organization in America.
WPA workers from 26 states, head by David Lasser, President of the Workers Alliance, today protested to Assistant Administrator Aubrey Williams the recent cuts in relief. Their kicks were against the current wage scales, geographical wage differentials, inadequate number of WPA enrollees and the ‘unjust and unfair’ labor relations setup. Lasser is on the right and Aubrey Williams in center seated, 12/15/38
Standoff between militia and strikers, Lawrence, Mass. 1912. Prompted by a wage cut, the walkout spread quickly from mill to mill across the city. Strikers defied the assumptions of conservative trade unions within the American Federation of Labor that immigrant, largely female and ethnically diverse workers could not be organized. The Lawrence strike is referred to as the “Bread and Roses” strike and “The Strike for Three Loaves.”
This project is making an important contribution to public health and community welfare by providing professional and non-professional assistance to public hospitals and clinics thereby releasing the regular staff of time consuming tasks.
Members of the Mount Philo commune traveled to Washington to protest the Vietnam War in 1971
In 1985, the numerous small initiatives exploring these challenges and opportunities found each other and gained momentum. In the USA, Dick Schoech launched the first issue of the Computers in human services journal with the support of people like Walter LaMendola. This was an expansion of the already existing Computer Use in Social Services Network (CUSSN). The journal was later renamed to Journal of Technology in Human Services. Also in 1985 in the UK, Bryan Glastonbury published his Computers in social work. These people, together with e.g. Hein de Graaf (NL), Jackie Rafferty (UK), Rob MacFadden (Canada) and Jan Steyaert (NL & B) launched HUSITA (Human Service Information Technology Applications) and ENITH (European Network for Information Technology and Human Services) and organized a series of almost yearly global or European conferences. The American journal was complemented by the UK-bases Computer Applications in Social Work journal. It was later renamed New Technology in the Human Services and ceased to be published in 2003.
The first “up from the ranks” labor woman to head an executive department of the Federal Government, Mary Anderson directed the Women’s Bureau for nearly 25 years, leading efforts to win better wages, hours and working condition for women. She served for five presidents and, during her tenure, saw the ranks of women workers more than double.
In 1971 northern Quebec became a political battleground as the provincial government and the James Bay Cree faced off over a hydroelectric mega-project. Quebec sees the James Bay Project as the key to future prosperity. The Cree believe the massive development will destroy their traditional way of life. Their tense relationship will continue for decades.
She was active during the most decisive formative decades of the welfare state, contributing significantly – particularly through committee work and reports – to the development of systems and institutions at national level in the UK.
Geraldine Aveseraldine Aves (1898-1986) was born into a socially committed family that had traditions of social inquiry on her father’s side and suffragist activism on her grandmother’s.
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They have bought a farm through the Federal Land Bank after coming to California as migrants and picking cotton at Bakersfield. They say they like California but say their neighbors (old Californians) aren’t very neighborly.
Untitled, Chicago, Illinois, 1950.
Dromokaition Psychiatric Hospital opened its doors in 1887, following the donation made by Zorzis Dromokaitis from the island of Chios.
During a time of significant demographic, geographic, and social transition, many women in early nineteenth-century Montreal turned to prostitution and brothel-keeping to feed, clothe, protect, and house themselves and their families. Beyond Brutal Passions is a close study of the women who were accused of marketing sex, their economic and social susceptibilities, and the strategies they employed to resist authority and assert their own agency.