Katherine Pollak Ellickson Papers
Katherine Pollak was active in workers' education from 1927-1934. She worked at the CIO national office from 1935-1937 as an assistant to the director. Her papers include original notes and minutes of the earliest CIO meetings. She returned to the CIO national office from 1942-55 as Associate Director of Research, she focused on Social Security, manpower, farm labor and women and children. At the AFL-CIO national office (1955-61), she was assistant director of the Social Security Department and worked intensively to secure passage of health insurance legislation that was a precursor of Medicare. Her papers and records kept during her years as a member of the President's Commission on the Status of Women reflect the preliminary efforts, which led to its formation as well as her responsibilities as its executive secretary.
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