Bellanca, Dorothy

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Dorothy Jacobs Bellanca, labor organizer and leader, co-founder and first woman vice-president, Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (ACWA) .

One of the most influential women in the labor movement during the early 20th century, Dorothy Bellanca was born in Latvia in 1894 and emigrated to the U.S. in 1900. She began working as a buttonhole maker in a Baltimore clothing factory while still in her mid-teens. While there, she helped to found United Garment Workers of American Local 170, and later led it into the ACWA. She was the first full-time woman organizer of the ACWU, served briefly as head of the union's Women's Department in the 1920s, and later served on the executive board of the union.

Bellanca also held a number of positions outside of the ACWA. She served on the Textile Workers' Organizing Committee of the CIO and as labor advisor to regional conferences of the International Labor Organization. She also served on several government committees on discrimination in employment and on maternal and child welfare. She died in 1946.

From the description of Dorothy Jacobs Bellanca papers, 1914-1946, 1925-1940 (bulk). (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 63891335

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referencedIn Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America records, 1914-1980, 1920-1950 (bulk). Cornell University Library
referencedIn Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. Sidney Hillman papers, 1930-1946 (bulk 1935-1945) Cornell University Library
referencedIn Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. August Bellanca correspondence, 1914-1953, 1925-1950 (bulk). Cornell University Library
referencedIn International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Secretary-Treasurer. Joseph Schlossberg Secretary-Treasurer correspondence, 1914-1929, 1915-1925 (bulk). Cornell University Library
referencedIn Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. Jacob Potofsky correspondence, 1930-1946, 1930-1940 (bulk). Cornell University Library
referencedIn Potofsky, Jacob S. (Jacob Samuel), 1894-1979. Jacob Potofsky correspondence, 1913-1929, 1920-1929 (bulk). Cornell University Library
creatorOf Bellanca, Dorothy. Dorothy Jacobs Bellanca papers, 1914-1946, 1925-1940 (bulk). Cornell University Library
referencedIn Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. Papers of executive officers of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, 1914-1971, 1930-1950 (bulk). Cornell University Library
referencedIn Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America records, 1914-1980, 1920-1950 (bulk) Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives
referencedIn Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. Sidney Hillman correspondence, 1911-1929, 1914-1929 (bulk). Cornell University Library
referencedIn Aliotto, Marie. Garment workers. California State University, Long Beach
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associatedWith Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. corporateBody
associatedWith Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. Women's Dept. corporateBody
associatedWith Antonini, Luigi, 1883-1968. person
associatedWith Brookwood Labor College (Katonah, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Cohn, Fannia M. (Fannia Mary), 1885- person
associatedWith Consumers' League of New York City. corporateBody
associatedWith Dewey, Thomas E. (Thomas Edmund), 1902-1971. person
associatedWith Dubinsky, David, 1892-1982. person
associatedWith Hillman, Bessie. person
associatedWith Hillman, Sidney, 1887-1946. person
associatedWith International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Secretary-Treasurer. corporateBody
associatedWith La Guardia, Fiorello H. (Fiorello Henry), 1882-1947. person
associatedWith Mooney Molders Defense Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith Morrison, Frank, 1859-1949. person
associatedWith Perkins, Frances, 1880-1965. person
associatedWith Potofsky, Jacob S. (Jacob Samuel), 1894-1979. person
associatedWith Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962. person
associatedWith Schneiderman, Rose, 1882-1972. person
associatedWith Seidman, Joel Isaac, 1906- person
associatedWith United States. Women's Bureau. corporateBody
associatedWith Vladeck, B. (Baruch Charney), 1886-1935. person
associatedWith Women's Trade Union League of America. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
New York (N.Y.)
New York (State)--New York
United States
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Unemployment
Unemployed
Men's clothing industry
Clothing workers--Labor unions
Labor unions--Political activity
Labor union locals
Women clothing workers--Labor unions
Clothing workers--Labor unions--Organizing
Women clothing workers--Labor unions--Organizing
Women labor union members
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Active 1914

Active 1946

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