Geraldine Miller

Geraldine MillerIn 1971, Geraldine Miller founded in New York City the Household Technicians, a group that fought for equal rights for women who worked informally as maids, nannies and cooks. Geraldine understood the struggles of being a household worker because she had started doing domestic work at an early age. The group pressured employers to comply with minimum wage standards and Social Security laws. In 1974, Miller worked closely with Rep. Shirley Chisholm to help household workers win the right to be included in the Federal Minimum Wage Act.

In 1981, Geraldine became the president of the National Congress of Neighborhood Women and ran a program for Project Open Doors that brought to light similarities and shared concerns of homemakers and household workers, breaking down the barriers of class and race. She was president of the Bronx chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) for over two decades. Geraldine was a long time grassroots leader in the Bronx, who was dedicated to the women’s rights movement up to the time she passed at the age of 85. She was a guiding force in the Women of Color and Allies Summit, earned the President’s Award at the National NOW Conference, and was inducted into Smith College’s Women of Color Hall of Fame.

Geraldine strongly believed women required a space to talk, share their experiences, and learn from each other. The conversation corner at the Neighborhood Women House, Living and Learning Center, is named in her honor and invites women of all ages, classes, and races to exchange their vision of a world that responds to grassroots women’s needs and expectations. The community room at the Neighborhood Women Houses is named after Geraldine Miller and Mary Alice Richardson.

 

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