Mollie West: A Century of Activism


Welcome to Mollie West: A Century of Activism!

This online exhibit will outline the significant events of labor activist and leader Mollie Lieber West’s life and work. Using the materials  preserved in Mollie West’s archival collection at the Women & Leadership Archives, the exhibit will tell the compelling story of one woman’s experiences during some of the most significant events of the twentieth century including the Great Depression, the Memorial Day Massacre, and World War II.

This digital history project explores Mollie Lieber West’s memorable life through time via an interactive timeline that depicts photographs, audio, and transcripts of correspondence. To explore individual items in the collection, click on the 'Browse Items' link on the left sidebar.



This digital exhibit was created by Megan Bordewyk, Ellen Bushong, and Caroline Lynd Giannakopoulos in association with the Women & Leadership Archives (WLA). Funding for this exhibit was generously provided by the Mollie West Women and Labor Project, the Gannon Center for Women and Leadership, The Center For Textual Studies and Digital Humanities: Loyola University Chicago, the Illinois Labor History Society, and Steven West, J.D