Centennial

Catherwood Library Takes on the Books that Shaped Work in America

Catherwood Library Takes on the Books that Shaped Work in America

Editor’s note: The following guest post is co-authored by Aliqae Geraci, a research librarian at the Martin P. Catherwood Library, part of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University; and Jessica Withers, a library communications and development assistant. Stay tuned for several additions to the list of Books that Shaped Work in […]

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Women’s History is Our History: Part Two

Women’s History is Our History: Part Two

Last week, in honor of Women’s History Month, I suggested five titles worth reading from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Books that Shaped Work in America list. This week, I’m suggesting four more because, as we seek to improve the future for working women, it’s so important to reflect on where we’ve been. Earlier this year, in his State […]

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The 1990s: A Decade of Expanding Opportunity

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The 1990s: A Decade of Expanding Opportunity

In 1995, I was offered a job at the U.S. Department of Labor. I was 30 years old and had worked in Washington, D.C., for a few years, but still had stars in my eyes. To say I was thrilled is an understatement. The decade was an exciting time to work in the federal government […]

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By George!

By George!

George P. Shultz is an esteemed economist, statesman, educator and businessman. He is also a quintessential public servant, having served as secretary of state, secretary of the treasury and director of the Office of Management and Budget. But his first government gig (he was previously the dean of the University of Chicago’s graduate business school) was as […]

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The 1980s: A Decade of Service

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The 1980s: A Decade of Service

I graduated from high school in 1981. The beginning of the 1980s was the beginning of my adult life.  I remember one of my teachers telling my senior class that “adulthood is not defined by your age, but rather, the moment that you take responsibility for yourself, and more important, you take responsibility for others.”  […]

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The 1970s: Bringing Safety to the Forefront

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The 1970s: Bringing Safety to the Forefront

The U.S. Department of Labor first came into my life in 1979, when I was 15. That was when I got my first job. I was an usher at a cinema in my hometown of Boca Raton, Fla. It was a great gig; I got paid and got to see movies for free! But I also learned about […]

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Under the Influence of Books

Under the Influence of Books

I love books, so it makes a lot of sense that my job is being a librarian at Dacula Public Library in Dacula, Ga. And I’ll admit, even though I have been a librarian for more than eight years, I didn’t fully make the connection between books and how so many people choose their jobs […]

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From Little Women to Madame Secretary: The Arc of Working Women

From Little Women to Madame Secretary: The Arc of Working Women

You could write a dissertation on the challenges of balancing the demands of career and family – and plenty of people have. But few explorations of that theme are as memorable as the opening passage of Allison Pearson’s I Don’t Know How She Does It, which finds a hedge fund manager distressing a pie in […]

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Work History

Work History

Since launching the Books that Shaped Work in America project in November, I’ve found myself asking people (during lunch with colleagues, at dinner with friends, in line at the DMV): “So, what books have shaped YOUR view of workplaces, workers or just the idea of work? What books have influenced your ‘work history?’” A few […]

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The 1960s: A Defining Era

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The 1960s: A Defining Era

I was born during the 1960s, and like a lot of people my age, I have a strong fascination with the decade, because the cultural and political forces that transpired then significantly shaped the world in which I grew up.  The 1960s also significantly shaped the work my dedicated Labor Department colleagues and I do […]

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