• Committee Meeting

    I met with my committee (Dr. Halpin, Dr. Mollin, Dr. Schneider) this week on Thursday and Friday and discussed some changes to my research. I’ll definitely be keeping maternalism in my research, but I’ll be widening my questions and argument by focusing primarily on gender dynamics within the New York Teachers Union/United Federation of Teachers. […]

  • Proposal Improvements

    I got some pretty helpful comments on my proposal from Dr. Jones, Dr. Halpin, and Tom. I know that I have a long way to go, but I’m not as worried about writing a much more complete proposal in May. A lot of what I have to work on is just narrowing down my topic. […]

  • Thoughts on My Thesis Proposal Draft

    I found writing my thesis proposal to be harder than I initially thought it was going to be. I knew when I began writing it that it would be pretty short, a shell of what it will be next fall, but I didn’t realize how little I actually know on my topic until I began […]

  • Methodology and Focus Statement

    Methdology: Although I still see my thesis as labor history, my research methodology will place me firmly in labor and gender history, as well as in political history. I will be looking at Cold War politics concerning laboring women through a gendered lens. This is essential to my project because Cold War gender ideology was […]

  • Bertoti Reflection

    Overall, I think this year’s conference went very smooth. From the discussions I had with prospective students, a few presenters, and faculty, it seems like everyone enjoyed themselves. I think the GLC is a great location for the conference, and I’m glad we’re planning on using it again next year. I also think that the […]

  • Another Secondary Source

    I have to admit, when I first added this book to my list, I wasn’t so sure how helpful it would be. But I’m glad I started reading it. Kathleen Laughlin’s Women’s Work and Public Policy: A History of the Women’s Bureau, Department of Labor, 1945-1970 (2000), examines the feminist activism stemming from the federal […]

  • Methodology Article and New Focus

    (I’ll write about the book I read in another post to prevent this one from being any longer than it’s going to be) Over break, I decided to switch up the focus of my research. Instead of just reading about labor feminists and their views on the ERA, I decided to start looking to Cold […]