Women’s History Month 2021

MARCH 13 | 11:30 AM – 1 PM ET

Lecture by Dr. Danielle Phillips-Cunningham

From Labor Strikes to Clubwomen’s Institutions: The Rich Tradition of Southern Black Women’s Labor Organizing

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In her lecture Dr. Danielle Phillips-Cunningham will discuss African American clubwomen such as Dora Lee Jones, first president of the First Domestic Workers’ Union, Anna Julia Cooper, Nina Thompson and Victoria Earle Matthews. These are Black women who all labored at producing a discourse that remains critical for women achieving labor rights today. Q&A will follow the lecture.



Dr. Danielle Phillips-Cunningham is the program director and associate professor of Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies (MWGS) at Texas Woman’s University (TWU). At TWU, she teaches courses about race, feminist theories, and women’s labor and migration histories. She is co-teaching a cross-listed course between TWU and Spelman College entitled “Covid-19 & Black Workers: Race, Gender, and Labor” this semester.

Dr. Phillips-Cunningham won the 2020 National Women’s Studies Association’s Sara A. Whaley Book Prize for Putting Their Hands on Race: Irish Immigrant and Southern Black Domestic Workers (Rutgers University Press, 2019). Her work about Irish immigrant and African American domestic workers has also appeared in Signs: The Journal of Women and Culture in Society and the Women’s History Review. As a fellow of the OpEd Project’s Public Voices of the South, Phillips-Cunningham is writing about the connections between African American women’s labor organizing history and the recent elections in the United States.

Her recent article “The Long History of Black Women Organizing Might Decide Senate Control” appeared in The Washington Post. Her project about the twentieth century history of domestic worker organizing in Atlanta, Georgia is supported by awards from the Atlanta University Center’s Robert Woodruff Library and Georgia State University’s Southern Labor Archives. She is also working on a book-length study about the early twentieth century labor organizing history of educator Nannie Helen Burroughs’ National Trade School for Women and Girls in Washington D.C.

The project is supported by an American Philosophical Society Franklin Research Grant and a TWU Creative Arts and Humanities Grant. Phillips-Cunningham’s forthcoming articles about Burroughs and her school will appear in the 2021 issues of the Journal of Women, Gender, and Families of Color and Peitho: Journal of the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition.

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