History Pub: Women’s Work and Oregon’s First Minimum Wage Law

If I weren’t headed with 24 teachers to Birmingham next week to study Civil Rights Movement history, I’d head down to this month’s History Pub: Women’s Work and Oregon’s First Minimum Wage Law; March 30, 7PM at the Kennedy School.

From the McMenamin’s announcement:

History Pub brings Northwest history to you in a lively pub setting. Come learn more about the region’s fascinating past while enjoying a frosty pint and a slice of pizza. Do you remember your first minimum wage job? Speaker Janice Dilg delves into the subject of women and labor history. In 1913, Caroline Gleason, later known as Sister Miriam Theresa, worked in Portland factories, surveyed working women across Oregon, and helped craft the nation’s first compulsory minimum wage law. Although that first version only applied to women and minors, Gleason’s work laid the foundation for the Fair Labor and Standards Act of 1938 and today’s minimum wage rates. History Pub is a free monthly program sponsored by Holy Names Heritage Center, Oregon Historical Society, and McMenamins. Canned food donations will be accepted for the Oregon Food Bank.


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