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Let me introduce myself

I began my working life as a sociologist, teaching and doing research at Boston University on the work of women, especially those in female-dominated occupations. Fifteen years later, I began working as a researcher for the Massachusetts Nurses Association(MNA) and transitioned into a negotiator and labor representative

retired from the MNA after twenty-six years, I moved to Hanoi, Viet Nam with my husband. There I taught English and lectured about nursing in the US. On returning to the US, I lectured on collective bargaining and taught a women's labor history course at the MNA.  The result of that class was Playing on Our Sentimentsa documentary about how the nurses at Hale Hospital won their first union contract in 1967. 


Four years ago my husband and I moved to Brookline from Newton where our daughter attended public schools. Since then I have become active in Brookline Mothers Out Front working on the town's composting and green electricity programs


I am also an active member of the Board of Directors , Newton/San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, Sister City Project and its Free High School for Adults.  More recently I organized an interracial, intergenerational discussion group originating at the Brookline Library.

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