The Birth of an Organization

WLHP, the mother organization of WWHP

WWHP is a successor organization to Women and Labor History Project (WLHP) which was formed at the Fourth Annual Teaching Women’s History Conference for K -12 Teachers on Saturday, November 4, 1995, at Chicago Circle Center in the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The idea for WLHP was born at a workshop on Women and Labor History in Chicago chaired by Yolanda “Bobby” Hall. Kathlyn Miles, an actor, had the idea of creating theatrical vignettes that would tell the story of one or more women who had been active in labor history and presenting these vignettes to the public. Katie Jordan, the President of Chicago Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) attended the session as did Helen Ramirez-Odell. All three became founding members of WLHP. Miles received an advance to research and write “Come Along and Join,” a play about union women which would be shown to the general public, to unions, in schools and colleges and for which a curriculum was developed.

By the year 2000, members of WLHP felt that they needed to begin a new organization that would tell stories of living women and tell stories of women’s activism that went beyond labor history. By 2002, the group had chosen the organization’s current title and mission. By February 2003, it had submitted an application to Community Economic Development Law Project for legal assistance in becoming a 501 (c) 3 organization. On February 5, 2004, it received a letter from the IRS confirming its application.

Check out a flyer from the Fourth Annual Teaching Women’s History Conference.