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Cook attended Northwestern University.
Ithaca, NY 14850, United States
In 1952 Cook joined the faculty of the New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, she retired from Cornell in 1972.
(The Autobiography of Alice H. Cook; The work of the indef...)
The Autobiography of Alice H. Cook; The work of the indefatigable Alice Hanson Cook has benefitted the lives of working people and especially working women on four continents.
Cook claimed that she was introduced to the women’s movement at an early age as both her mother and grandmother were suffragists at the turn of the century. While attending Northwestern University, she helped found the Student Liberal League and became acquainted with Jane Addams, the founder of Chicago’s Hull House Settlement. From 1929 to 1931 Cook studied in Germany.
Cook became a social worker in 1924 and two years later joined the staff of the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) in Chicago. In 1931, she moved to the YWCA in Philadelphia, where she remained until 1938.
After that time, Cook held various union-related positions until after World War II.
In 1947 Cook was appointed by the United States Army and later the United States High Commission for Germany to analyze the problems of working women and the labor movement.
In 1952 Cook joined the faculty of the New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. She retired from Cornell in 1972. After that, Cook was commissioned by the Ford Foundation to conduct a study on social policies in support of working mothers in communist and noncommunist countries.
Cook contributed numerous articles to labor journals and wrote several books. She is also the subject of the documentary film Never Done: The Working Life of Alice H. Cook. Her written works include The Working Mother, Equal Employment Opportunity, Union Democracy: Practice and Ideal. Working Women in Japan, Women, Unions, and Equal Opportunity, and Comparable Worth. Cook’s autobiography, A Lifetime in Labour, was scheduled for release shortly after her death.
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As a teacher, Cook was both devoted and demanding. Her lectures were a pleasure to listen to, and easy to take notes from; each sentence was complete, it nested where it belonged in a paragraph, which in turn supported a section of her presentation. Not surprisingly, she graded student papers on both form and substance.
Cook is survived by two sons, Phillip and Thomas Bernstein, two brothers, three grandchildren and a great-grandchild.