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Wlliam Hard
Rheta Childe Dorr
Another series published by Everybody's Magazine about women at work in the United States in a variety of low wage-earning jobs. Dorr, like her many predecessors among women journalists, went undercover to investigate. William Hard ultimately wrote the series. Mrs. Dorr's name was restored to the co-byline after she threatened legal action.
"Being the Experiences of a Literary Woman as a Working Girl"
Marie van Vorst
Marie van Vorst's experiences posing as a worker in a southern mill for a five-part series in Everybody's Magazine, written with her sister-in-law, Bessie van Vorst.
"Being the Experiences of Two Gentlewomen as Factory Girls"
Bessie (Mrs. John) van Vorst
Bessie van Vorst working undercover in a knitting mill at Perry, New York for a five-part series in Everybody's about the lives of factory girls.
"Experiences of a Literary Woman as a Working Girl"
Bessie (Mrs. John) van Vorst
The precede in Everybody's reads: "The following is an account of the writer's actual experiences while working for purposes of investigation side by side with the girls of a great city factory. It is the first of a series of five articles to appear in this magazine, of which two have been written by her sister-in-law, Miss Marie van Vorst, the well-known novelist and daughter of the late Judge Van Vorst, Chancellor of the State of New York -- Editor."
"Experiences of a Literary Woman as a Working Girl"
Marie van Vorst
Marie van Vorst at work in a Lynn, Massachusetts shoe factory under the name of Belle Ballard for "The Woman That Toils," a series for Everybody's Magazine produced by Marie and her sister-in-law, Bessie (Mrs. John) van Vorst. The series was presented as an act of class transvestitism and Marie described as the daughter of the late Judge van Vorst, a chancellor of the State of New York, president of the Century Club and founder of the Holland Society.
"Pantry Girl in a New York Hotel"
Cornelia Stratton Parker
"Labeling Pillowcases in a Bleachery"
Cornelia Stratton Parker
"Sample of the Civilization of the Nineteenth Century. Brutality of Public Servants. 'The Examiner's' Annie Laurie in the Receiving Hospital."
Annie Laurie
Annie Laurie, aka Winifred Sweet, later Winifred Black, (and later Winifred Black Bonfils), feigned illness on a street and was taken to the San Francisco Receiving Hospital, where she was ill-treated. The story launched a long illustrious career.
"Show's First Expose for Intelligent People"
Gloria Steinem
Gloria Steinem goes undercover as a Playboy Bunny in 1963 to experience a bunny's life in Hugh Hefner's New York Playboy Club.
"They Show How '90s Trends Can Make Work Grimmer for Unskilled Workers"
Tony Horwitz
This was the centerpiece of Tony Horwitz's 1994 series for the Wall Street Journal on dead-end low-wage jobs for unskilled workers. It involved his pose as a worker in a poultry processing plant and won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting. It was the first story involving undercover reporting techniques to win the Pulitzer since the controversy over the Chicago Sun-Times Mirage bar series during the 1979 judging.
Last in Marvel Cooke's five-part series for The New York Compass on the Bronx slave mart.
Marvel Cooke
Some ideas from the Domestic Workers Union for suppressing the resurgence of the "slave markets" of the Bronx, Brighton Beach, Brownsville and elsewhere -- street corners where women domestic workers had again begun gathering in 1950 to see day labor because full-time jobs had become difficult to find.
Part four in Marvel Cooke's five-part series for the New York Compass in 1950 on the Bronx "slave mart," where women domestics went to find jobs as day laborers.
Marvel Cooke
Part four of Marvel Cooke's five-part series for the New York Compass on the "Bronx slave mart," where women unable to find full-time employment sought day labor as domestics. The series reprised the ruse Cooke and Ella Baker perpetrated for The Crisis, published in its November 1935 issue.
Part three in Marvel Cooke's five-part series for the New York Compass in 1950 on the domestic day labor market in the Bronx
Marvel Cooke
Part three of Marvel Cooke's five-part series on the Bronx "slave mart," where she posed as a day laborer seeking domestic work and learned about the ways employers had to cheat the workers out of already paltry full pay promised.
Part two in a five-part series in the New York Compass on Marvel Cooke's experiences posing as a domestic day laborer.
Marvel Cooke
In this second part of Marvel Cooke's five-part series on the Bronx slave mart, she describes the double threat for women forced to find employment as day laborers as full-time domestic jobs dried up -- preyed on by women seeking cheap domestic help by the day and harassed and solicited by men with other interests.
Ted Conover
As a senior at Amherst college, Conover rode freight trains in the guise of a tramp for his senior thesis in anthropology. This piece for the Amherst alumni magazine is based on that research, describing a morning spent with "Pops," a 61-year-old man Conover lived with for a week.
Merle Linda Wolin
Final piece in the Sweatshop series, based on the reporter's undercover work in LA's garment industry.
Merle Linda Wolin
Wolin interviews LA's Mayor Bradley about the working conditions and lack of regulation she found while posing undercover as an immigrant garment worker in the city's factories.
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