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April 25, 2019 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Category: Lecture
Location: Reuther Library Conference Room | Map
5401 Cass
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Parents, Prospective Students, Staff

Join the Reuther Library 12-1 this April 25 for a brown-bag talk with visiting researcher Victoria Grieve of Utah State University. Dr. Grieve will share her research into the Federated Press, a radical and labor-focused news service, and the prominent women journalists who formed a labor feminist community between 1930 and the 1950s.

This project takes a thematic and biographical approach to five women journalists who wrote for the Federated Press (FP) from 1930 through the 1950s: Julia Ruuttila, Jessie Lloyd O’Connor, Virginia Gardner, Miriam Kolkin, and Eva Lapin Maas. Connected by their relationship as journalists for the FP, they also participated in leftist social and political movements. They and many other female labor journalists formed an important network that linked labor journalism with labor feminism and other political issues. From the 1930s through 1956, the Federated Press served as a hub for progressive political activists. The Federated Press thus served an associational purpose; members learned news about each other, nurtured a feeling of shared interests, and supported collective action. For example, when Southern civil rights activist Carl Braden went on trial for sedition in Kentucky in 1954, FP editor Miriam Kolkin brought them to New York, where they met other activists, raised both funds and awareness, and spoke to crowds about the entwined problems of segregation and anticommunist witch hunts. Anne Braden met Harvey O’Connor at a speaking engagement in Boston, and the two couples became lifelong friends.

By studying both the journalism and the activism of each woman, this project highlights how the labor press participated in the major movements that motivated the Left throughout the century, linking the Old Left of the 1930s to the New Left of the 1960s, and filling in the “gap” between First and Second Wave feminisms.


Please feel free to bring your lunch and your questions for Dr. Grieve.

For more information about this event, please contact Meghan Courtney at 313.577.0147 or