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Geraldine Miller interviewed by Loretta Ross, October 14, 2004

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Link to transcript of interview with Geraldine Miller
Link to transcript of interview with Geraldine Miller
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Link to video

Scope and Contents

In this oral history Geraldine Miller describes her life as an African American child born in the Midwest in the 1920s. As a child of incest between her mother and her mother's stepfather, Miller focuses on her struggle to lift herself out of poverty, overcome the murder of her mother, and launch her career as a national organizer of domestic workers and leading feminist with the National Organization for Women and the National Congress of Neighborhood Women. (Transcript 79 pp.)

Dates of Materials

  • October 14, 2004


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This interview is open for research use without restriction.

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Biographical / Historical

Geraldine Miller (1920-2005) was born in Sabetha, Kansas. In 1971 she founded the Household Technicians' Union for domestic workers in New York City, which won the national right for domestic workers to be covered by the Federal Minimum Wage Act. She is past president of the National Congress of Neighborhood Women and founding president of the Bronx Chapter of the National Organization for Women. As an early African American feminist, she received many awards for her tireless activism on behalf of domestic workers. With a story spanning eight decades, Miller pioneered work that crossed boundaries of race, class and gender and demonstrated the power of working-class women in the feminist movement.

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