Mabel Gillespie

Mabel Gillespie was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and educated at Radcliffe College in Massachusetts. Inspired by the work of Jane Addams and Hull House she became involved in progressive politics.

In 1912 Gillespie was appointed to the Minimum Wage Commission established in Massachusetts. Five years later she became the president of the Stenographers' Union. The following year she joined the Woman's Trade Union League, serving on its executive board from 1919 until 1922. Mabel Gillespie died in 1923.