Loyola University Chicago

Women and Leadership Archives

Women and Labor Project

With the Young Communists League, Mollie attended rallies and events to support a variety of political and social issues.

 

Women and Labor: The Story of Mollie West is an online exhibit exploring the history of the 20th Century Labor and Women’s Movements. The story is told through the captivating life of Mollie West, a Chicago activist and labor leader. Using photographs, documents, and videos from the Women and Leadership Archives Mollie West Collection, this exhibit highlights the struggles and triumphs experienced by Mollie and others advocating for worker’s and women’s rights.

Go to: Women and Labor: The Story of Mollie West

 

International Typographical Union 118th Convention, 1976

 

Public Historian Caroline Lynd Giannakopoulos created the on-line exhibit with support and assistance of the Women and Labor Project Committee: Nancy Freeman, Kathleen Maas Weigert, Kyle Roberts, Stephanie Seawell Fortado, and Michelle Nickerson. Funding for the on-line exhibit provided by: Gannon Center for Women and Leadership, Loyola University Chicago; Illinois Labor History Society; University Libraries, Loyola University Chicago; Steven West; Women’s Studies Gender Studies, Loyola University Chicago; Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities, Loyola University Chicago; and the Chicago Chapter of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW).

The online exhibit is the first part of the Women and Labor multi-phase collaborative project through the Women and Leadership Archives, Loyola University Chicago. Additional potential phases include oral histories of Chicago women labor leaders; collaborations with local high schools; and class projects through Loyola University Chicago.

 

On October 26, 2016, the WLA held a program to celebrate the opening of the digital exhibit and to share details on the process of completing the project. The program aired on CAN TV and can be viewed here!

For more information contact the Women and Leadership Archives, Loyola University Chicago at WLARCHIVES@luc.edu or 773-508-8837