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Biography

ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

The National Committee on Employer-Employee Relationships at Home, (called the National Council on Household Employment from 1931 until its disbandment) functioned to coordinate educational and research activities of groups interested in this field.

The Committee was created in October, 1928 by a national conference on the subject of household employment held in Washington, D.C. at the invitation of the Bureau of Home Economics, the Women's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor, and the Industrial Department of the National Young Women's Christian Association (Y.W.C.A.). The consensus at this conference was that the hours, wages, living conditions, and working conditions of paid employees in the home needed clarification and possible adjustment. The Committee was determined to function as a clearinghouse for all groups working in the field, to stimulate relevant studies and experiments, to develop an educational program to benefit both employer and the employed, and to gradually work out standards for household employment. The initial impetus for the Washington conference came from Anetta Dieckman of the Industrial Department of the Y.W.C.A. and from Amey E. Watson, a teacher at Haverford College who was then engaged in a study of household employment. Watson served as director of the Committee until the summer of 1930 and was a member during most of its existence. The organization continued to function until 1942.