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Articles by Dorothy Sue Cobble

Don’t Write Off U.S. Union Organizing Before the CIO,” An Interview with Dorothy Sue Cobble by Benjamin Y. Fong. Jacobin Magazine, 27 March 2024. 

Fair Time Legislation is Achievable, Not Just for Rail Workers But for Everyone,” Working-Class Perspectives, 23 January 2023.

For the Many: A Review Dossier," Reviews of For The Many by Jocelyn Olcott, Celia Donert, Samita Sen, Yevette Richards, and Magaly Rodríguez García with Cobble response, International Review of Social History 67, Special Theme, 1 June 2022.

Zagat Interview with Dorothy Sue Cobble by Anne Cruz, "Zagat Q&A: What History Can Teach Us About Unionizing," 28 April 2022.

Interview with Dorothy Sue Cobble by Judy Waxman for the Veteran Feminists of America Pioneer Histories Project, January 2022

"From Equal Rights to Full Rights," Princeton University Press Ideas, 18 May 2021.

"Biden’s American Recovery Plan Should Embrace the Ideas Put Forth 60 Years Ago by JFK’s Commission on Women," Ms. Magazine, 29 March 2021.

"Labor Historian’s Upcoming Book Highlights Full Rights Feminists," Rutgers Today, 8 March 2021.

"Women's History Month: Full Rights Feminists," by Steve Flamisch for Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations, March 2021.

America Once Led the Push for Parental Rights” (with Mona Siegel) Washington Post, 8 February 2019. at

​“Foreword,” to Joyce L. Kornbluh and Mary Frederickson, eds. Sisterhood and Solidarity: Workers’ Education for Women, 1914-1984 (Philadelphia, Temple University Press, 1984, reissued as a Humanities Open e-Book, 2018).  

​“What Waitresses Teach Us,” Special Issue on Hotel and Restaurant Workers Around the World, Arbetarhistoria No. 167-168 (2018): 36-45 (Stockholm, Sweden) (In English and Swedish). 

​“The Other ILO Founders: 1919 and Its Legacies,” in Eileen Boris, Dorothea Hoehtker, and Susan Zimmermann, eds. Women’s ILO: Transnational Networks, Global Labour Standards, and Gender Equity, 1919 to Present. Leiden: Brill, 2018, 27-49. 

​“A Wagner Act for Today: Save the Preamble but Not the Rest?Labor: Studies in Working-Class History 14: 2 (May 2017): 43-47. 

International Women’s Trade Unionism and Education,” in Michael Merrill and Susan J. Schurman, eds. Global Workers’ Education, Special Issue, International Labor and Working-Class History 90 (Fall 2016): 153-163. 

​“Worker Mutualism in an Age of Entrepreneurial Capitalism,” Labour and Industry: A Journal of Social and Economic Relations at Work 26:3 (Summer 2016): 179-189. 

Economic Justice for All: Some Jersey Roots,” New Jersey Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 2:2 (Summer 2016): 1-19.

Future of Work: Shorter Hours, Higher Pay,” Pacific Standard, August 2015.

Who Speaks for Workers? Japan and the 1919 ILO Debate Over Rights and Global Labor Standards,” ILWCH 87 (Spring 2015), pp. 1-22.

What 'Lean in' Leaves Out” (with Linda Gordon and Astrid Henry), The Chronicle Review: Chronicle of Higher Education 9/24/2014.

Labor Today” (with Michael Merrill), Pennsylvania Legacies: The Historical Society of Pennsylvania 14:1 (Spring 2014): 40-41.

A Higher ‘Standard of Life’ for the World: U.S. Labor Women’s Reform Internationalism and the Legacies of 1919” Journal of American History 100:4 (March 2014) 1052-1084

Pure and Simple Radicalism: Putting the Progressive Era AFL in its Time,” and “Response to Commentators,” Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas 10:4 (Winter 2013): 61-87, 111-16. 

Friendship Beyond the Atlantic: Labour Feminist International Contacts After the Second World War,” Arbetarhistoria (Stockholm, Sweden) 1-2/2009: 12-20. Invited article translated into Swedish. Published in English March 2012.

Don't Blame the Workers,” Dissent, Winter 2012.

Gender Equality and Labor Movements: Toward a Global Perspective,” Washington, DC: Report Prepared for the American Center for International Solidarity, February 2012.

Occupy Wall Street Theater is A Jab at Political Paralysis,” The Star-Ledger, December 18, 2011.

The Wagner Act at 75: Intellectual Origins of an Institutional Revolution”, ABA Journal of Labor and Employment Law 26:2, Spring 2011.

Betting on New Forms of Worker Organization”, Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas, Volume 7, Issue 3, Fall 2010.

Labor Feminists and President Kennedy's Commission on Women”, in No Permanent Waves, ed. Nancy Hewitt (Rutgers University Press, 2010) pp144-167.

More Intimate Unions”, in Intimate Labors, eds. Eileen Boris and Rhacel Salazar Parrenas (Stanford University Press, 2010), 280-295.

Women and Politics, 1920-1970,” in Princeton Encyclopedia of U.S. Political History, edited by Michael Kazin (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2009).

U.S. Labor Women's Internationalism in the World War I Era, Dorothy Sue Cobble, Revue Francaise D'etudes Americaines.

It's time for New Deal Feminism, The Washington Post, 122: 4 (2009): 44-57, 12/13/09.

Promise of Service Worker Unionism” (with Michael Merrill) in Service Work: Critical Perspectives, edited by Marek Korczynski and Cameron Lynne Macdonald (New York and London: Routledge, 2009): 153-174.

The Sex of Class: An Introduction,” In The Sex of Class: Women Transforming American Labor, ed. Dorothy Sue Cobble. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2007, pp. 1-12.

The Forgotten American Feminists, Translated into Japanese for a special issue on “US-Japanese Working Women’s Organizations,” Bulletin of the Society for the Study of Working Women 48 (August 2005) Toyko, Japan.

Kissing the Old Class Politics Goodbye”, International Labor and Working Class History, 67,
pp. 54-63.

Roundtable Discussion on The Other Women's Movement: Workplace Justice and Social Rights in Modern America, Labor, 2:4, Winter 2005, pp. 43-62.

A Tiger by the Toenail”: The 1970s Origins of the New Working Class Majority, Labor 2:3, Fall 2005, pp 103-114.

When Feminism Had Class”, in "What's Class Got To Do With It?” American Society in the Twenty-first Century, ed. Michael Zweig (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2004), 23-34.

Halving the Double Day”, “The Labor Origins of Work-Family Reform,” New Labor Forum 12 (Fall 2003): 63-72.

“'On the Edge of Equality’?: Working Women and the US Labour Movement” (with Monica Bielski Michal) in Gender, Diversity and Trade Unions: International Perspectives, ed. Fiona Colgan and Sue Ledwith. London: Routledge Press, 2002, pp. 232-256.

Lost Ways of Unionism, Historical Perspectives on Reinventing the Labor Movement” in Rekindling the Movement, Labor's Quest for Relevance in the Twenty-First Century, ed. Lowell Turner, Harry Katz, and Rick Hurd. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2001, pp. 82-98.

Historical Perspectives on Representing Nonstandard Workers.” (co-author Leah F. Vosko) in Nonstandard Work: The Nature and Challenges of Changing Employment Arrangements”, ed. Francoise Carre, Marianne Ferber, Lonnie Golden, and Steve Herzenberg. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2000, pp. 291-312.

History, Women's Work, and The New Unionism” in "Thought & Action”, The NJEA Higher Education Journal, (1999), Vol. XV, No. 2.

A Spontaneous Loss of Enthusiasm: Workplace Feminism and the Transformation of Women's Service Jobs in the 1970s.” International Labor and Working-Class History 56 (Fall 1999): 23-44.

Men and Women Who Shaped America’s Labor Movement” (with Michael Merrill), Biographical sketches of sixteen labor leaders commissioned by the AFL-CIO. 1997

The Next Unionism: Structural Innovations for a Revitalized Labor Movement.Labor Law Journal 48:8 (August 1997): 439-443.

Lost Ways of Organizing: Reviving the AFL's Direct Affiliate StrategyIndustrial Relations 36:3 (July 1997): 278-301.

Reviving the Federation's Historic Role in Organizing,Institute for the Study of Labor Organizations; Working Papers, March 10, 1996, pp. 1-43.

The Prospects for Unionism in a Service Society” in Working in the Service Society, ed. Cameron MacDonald and Carmen Sirianni. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1996, pp. 333-358.

Labor Law Reform and Postindustrial Unionism,” Dissent Magazine (Fall 1994), pp. 473-480.

Collective Bargaining in the Hospitality Industry in the 1980s” (with Michael Merrill) in Contemporary Collective Bargaining in the Private Sector, ed. Paula Voos. Madison, Wisconsin: Industrial Relations Research Association, 1994, pp. 447-489.

Making Postindustrial Unionism Possible,” in Restoring the Promise of American Labor Law, ed. Sheldon Freidman, Richard Hurd, Rudolph Oswald, and Ronald Seeber. Ithaca: Cornell University ILR Press, 1994, pp. 285-302.

Recapturing Working-Class Feminism: Union Women in the Postware Decades,” in Not June Cleaver: Women and Gender in Postwar America, ed. Joanne Meyerowitz. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1994, pp. 57-83.

Organizing the Postindustrial Work Force: Lessons from the History of Waitress Unionism,” Industrial and Labor Relations Review 44, No. 3 (April 1991): 419-36.

Rethinking Troubled Relations Between Women and Unions: Craft Unionism and Female Activism, Feminist Studies 16 (Autumn, 1990): 519-48.


A Self-Possessed Woman: A View of FDR's Secretary of Labor, Frances Perkins. Labor History 29 (Spring 1988): 225-229. 

What Rosie Did, Women’s Review of Books 5 (December 1987): 9-10.


For the Many Review Dossier
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