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Social worker and civil rights leader Dorothy Height. Among her lifelong career of championing racial, gender and economic justice, Height also helped organize the 1963 March on Washington, managed the racial integration of the YWCA and led the National Council of Negro Women alongside its founder and fellow civil rights legend Mary McLeod Bethune. Schlesinger Library/Flickr Creative Commons
Social worker and civil rights leader Dorothy Height. Among her lifelong career of championing racial, gender and economic justice, Height also helped organize the 1963 March on Washington, managed the racial integration of the YWCA and led the National Council of Negro Women alongside its founder and fellow civil rights legend Mary McLeod Bethune. Schlesinger Library/Flickr Creative Commons

Social workers are on the frontlines of protecting marginalized communities and identities. Cristen and Caroline trace the intersectional origins of social work, celebrate unsung African-American women social workers and examine why the job has grown notorious for overwork.

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"9 Most Influential Women in the History of Social Work." USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. https://msw.usc.edu/mswusc-blog/9-most-influential-women-in-the-history-of-social-work/

"Almost 82 Percent of Social Workers Are Female, and This Is Hurting Men." Mic. https://mic.com/articles/30974/almost-82-percent-of-social-workers-are-female-and-this-is-hurting-men#.CJEX6JWFK

African-American Social Workers and Social Policy. Carlton Muson and Tricia Bent-Goodley. Routledge. 2014. https://books.google.com/books?id=fJy3AwAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

"Dorothy Height, Largely Unsung Giant of the Civil Rights Era, Dies at 98." The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/21/us/21height.html

"Edwards, Thyra J." The Social Welfare History Project. Virginia Commonwealth University. http://socialwelfare.library.vcu.edu/woman-suffrage/edwards-thyra-j-1897-1953/

"Fernandis, Sarah A. Collins." Encyclopedia of Social Work. http://socialwork.oxfordre.com/view/10.1093/acrefore/9780199975839.001.0001/acrefore-9780199975839-e-686

"Freedmen's Bureau." The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow. PBS. http://www.pbs.org/wnet/jimcrow/stories_events_freed.html

"From Charitable Volunteers to Architects of Social Welfare: A Brief History of Social Work." University of Michigan School of Social Work. http://ssw.umich.edu/about/history/brief-history-of-social-work

"Janie Porter Barnett." Encyclopaedia Britannica. https://www.britannica.com/biography/Janie-Porter-Barrett

"Locust Street Settlement House." The Social Welfare History Project. Virginia Commonwealth University. http://socialwelfare.library.vcu.edu/settlement-houses/locust-street/

"Social Work Salaries by Gender." NASW Center for Workforce Studies & Social Work Practice. http://workforce.socialworkers.org/studies/profiles/Gender.pdf

"Social Work Statistics." USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. http://msw.usc.edu/wp-content/uploads/Agency_kit_socialwork_statistics.pdf

The Empowerment Tradition in American Social Work: A History. Barbara Levy Simon. Columbia University Press. 1994. https://books.google.com/books?id=yHdUfOojzTIC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false


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