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Women of the Hall

Year Honored: 2001
Birth: 1897 - Death: 1980
Born In: New York, United States of America
Died In: New York, United States of America
Achievements: Humanities
Educated In: Illinois
Schools Attended: University of Illinois
Worked In: New York, Illinois, Louisiana, District of Columbia

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Dorothy Day

Dorothy Day was a radical Catholic social change activist, widely considered one of the great Catholic lay leaders of the 20th century. Co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement and the publication that became its voice, she worked indefatigably to promote peace, social justice, non-violence, and direct aid to the poor and destitute. Early in her life she was a journalist for The Call and The Masses and was arrested demonstrating for women's suffrage in 1917. With her conversion to Catholicism and initiation of the Catholic Worker, her activism manifested in Christian voluntary poverty and direct works of mercy. More than 100 Catholic Worker communities and Houses of Hospitality were founded across the U.S. and abroad. Then and now these houses offer food, clothing and shelter to those in need. Day resolutely resisted war and war preparations inclusive of nuclear testing and armament for over half a century. Spear-heading the Catholic Worker, she led the movement in supporting peace, civil rights, worker rights and women's rights through prayer, publications, organizing, demonstrating, and educating.
Additional Sources:

Allaire, James and Rosemary Broughton. Praying with Dorothy Day. Winona, Minnesota: St. Mary's Press, 1995.

Day, Dorothy. From Union Square to Rome. 1938. Maryknoll, New York : Orbis Books, 2006.

Day, Dorothy. House of Hospitality. New York: Sheed & Ward, 1939.

Day, Dorothy. Loaves and Fishes.1963. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 1997.

Day, Dorothy. The Eleventh Virgin. New York: Albert & Charles Boni, 1924.

Day, Dorothy. The Long Loneliness. 1952. San Francisco, California: HarperCollins, 1997.

Ellsberg, Robert, ed. The Duty of Delight: The Diaries of Dorothy Day. Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 2008.

Forest, Jim. Love is the Measure: A Biography of Dorothy Day. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 1994.

Miller, William D. Dorothy Day: A Biography. San Francisco, California: Harper & Row, 1982.

Dorothy Day-Catholic Worker Collection. Raynor Memorial Libraries, Marquette University. Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Day is represented in the Richard J. Carbray Papers 1950-1985, 12.5 ft. University of Washington Libraries, Allen Library. Seattle, Washington.
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