September 1, 1920 Florence Kelley

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September 1, 1920

Florence Kelley

4 Kid Liberty Street

Philadelphia, PA 12345

Admissions Committee

Progressive Hall of Fame

555 Hall Street

Washington, DC 20515

Dear committee members:
I am delighted to see that the United States Congress has finally decided to devote room in a museum to the leaders of the Progressive Movement. There has been a multitude of Progressive Movement leaders, and this movement tremendously impacted American History. Among the many notable leaders of the Progressive Movement I am the most prominent, as my qualifications will show you.
My passion in life has been to help get rid of child labor and limit women’s working hours. I believe that the U.S needs women trade unions to help with the regulation of women working hours so the women get treated just like the men in the world. My father inspired me to dedicate my life to a reform and since then I’ve become a labor reformer, child welfare advocate, and consumer movement leader. I also helped influence Wilson’s re-election so I’m no foreigner to politics. I hope to get the total of 18,753 illiterate kids from 10-14 yrs to stop working and go to school.
To help get rid or child labor and limit women’s working hours, I left social page, on my school’s newspaper, to devote myself to art and the women’s movement. I’ve also created the Children’s Bureau and supported protective laws put down for kids and the denial of the children’s freedom to work.
I would like to refer to you the enclosed resume for more information on my experience and skills. I am very interested in interviewing for this position and am available at any time. I would like to thank you for your time and look forward to hearing from you.

Florence Kelley

Florence Kelley

4 Kid Liberty Street

Philadelphia, PA 12345


  • To represent women in limiting their working hours and represent children and eliminating child labor.

  • Women should have equal rights to men and not limited to when they can work.


I firmly believe that children should not be working what-so-ever. Children should be in school learning to read and write. I also believe that the average woman should not be working so many hours.

Work Experience
Wrote Books

  • Women in Trade Unions.-States the places that have Women Trade Unions and the hours the women work.

  • Children Labor Legislation and Enforcement in New England and the Middle States.- It talks about the states that have child labor and how it fared better when they passed a law about child labor.

  • Our Toiling Children.-It talks about the condition the children work in and the ages at which they start working.

College Newspaper

  • I was the first woman on my college newspaper, The Globe, and I challenged sexism.

  • I graduated with my bachelor’s in Literature from Cornell University.


  • I published my first short story at age fourteen

Organizations Created

  • Children’s Bureau (1912)

-I helped getting it passed

  • NAACP (1909)

-I also helped organizing the NAACP

Legislation Influenced


  • Children are no longer allowed to work up until a certain age.

  • Women now have somewhat normal hours.

  • I was part of the educational revolution that let women go to college


William Kelley Sr.

William is my father. He was the first person that influenced my decision, with him being a U.S. Congressman that helped found the Republican Party. He used to read the newspaper out loud and that was when my interest in public affairs started. He will know better than anybody else that I care deeply about what I do.

John Spargo

John is my fellow Child Labor reformer. He also wrote books about the conditions the children go through. John will vouch for me how well I did my job.

Lewis Hine

Lewis is my other fellow Child Labor reformer. He went to the places and took pictures of the actual places these children work. Lewis Hine would love to see that I made a difference with child labor.

Annotated Bibliography
Primary Sources:
Kelley, Florence “Women in Trade Unions.” Franklin High School Library. 4 November. 2009
This is one of the books/pamphlets that she wrote. It adds additional insight on her. This lets me know that she feels as strong as she does about this and Child Labor.
Kelley Florence “Children Labor Legislation and Enforcement in New England and the Middle States.

Franklin High School Library. 27 October. 2009

This is another of the many books she wrote. It actually gives you something to take into account when you read about her.
Kelley Florence “Our Toiling Children.” Franklin High School Library. 27 October. 2009
This is another of her books. This was what helped her with all her organizations and works she did.

Secondary Sources:
Sklar, Kathryn Kish. Florence Kelley and the Nation’s Work: The Rise of Women’s Political Culture,

1830-1900. New Haven: Yale University, 1995
This is the biography of Florence Kelley. This helped with the background information for her and the family members that influenced her.
Shapiro, Herbert “Florence Kelley” American National Biography. Gurratym Ionn. Lumes, Mark. Vol.12.

Oxford University Press Inc. 1999

This is another biography of Florence Kelley. This added more information that wasn’t giving in the source above.

McGuire, William and Wheater, Leslie. “Florence Kelley.” American History ABC-CLIO. 2009.
This is the database that Baltimore County Public Schools have access to and it’s a biography of Florence Kelley. This source helped me get some more information on my person that the books didn’t have.

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