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CURRENT ISSUE - December 2016

The December 2016 issue of the IMH features four articles originally presented at the Hoosier Women at Work conference, held at IUPUI in March 2016.

Nancy Gabin’s “Bossy Ladies: Toward of History of Wage-Earning Women in Indiana,” looks at labor activism among female workers in Indiana: mill workers in the 1910s and 1920s, cannery workers in the 1930s and 1940s, and manufacturing workers in the 1950s and 1960s.

Vivian Deno’s “Guard Well the Gains: Laurel C. Thayer, Self-Supporting Workingwomen, and the ‘Ladylike’ Struggle for Waged Equality in the Early Twentieth Century” looks at the life of Laurel Thayer, an early female probation officer in Indianapolis, whose status as a professional wage earner was compromised by gender discrimination.

In “Evaline Holliday and the Work of Community Service,” Katherine Badertscher studies the life of Indianapolis philanthropist Evaline Holliday, whose work in the Free Kindergarten movement and other social welfare movements contributed to the life of the city.

Finally, Norma Erickson, in “The African American Nurses of Early Twentieth-Century Indianapolis: A Research Essay,” presents valuable preliminary research into the working lives of black nurses in the early twentieth century, looking at the segregated institutions in which they trained and worked.

Above: Workers in an Indianapolis cotton mill, photographed by Lewis Hine in August 1908. (Courtesy, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division).

Below: Strikers at International Harvester, Fort Wayne, Indiana, c. 1950. (Courtesy, Indiana Historical Society)