Contains a transcribed copy of Lucille Kendall's 1976 interviews with Mildred Edmondson documenting her work with the California
State Employment Service and the War Manpower Commission in the 1930s and 1940s, with an emphasis on the role of women and
trade unions in the war industries during World War II.
Mildred Edmondson was born in 1914 in Oroville, California. She earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the University
of California, Berkeley, in the mid-1930s, and a master's degree in rehabilitative counseling from San Francisco State University
in 1957. She began working for the California State Employment Service in 1937. Under the auspices of that agency, Edmondson
conducted a survey of women employed in the war industries, compiling a trade union directory for women around 1941. In 1942,
she accepted a job as a trade union liaison with the United States War Manpower Commission, working with unions to assign
workers to high-priority projects and industries during World War II. She was also a member of the United Federal Workers.
After the war, Edmondson worked for the Veterans Counseling Center at the University of California, Berkeley; the Alameda
County Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO; and the Vocational Rehabilitation Service.
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