When Josephine Roche challenged Big Ed Johnson for the Colorado governorship in 1934, an editorialist wrote: "Miss Roche has proved beyond a doubt that a wide-awake woman is more valuable than a drowsy man." She lost the election, but the sentiment remained true. As a mining executive, Roche helped end decades of labour strife. As a new Deal policy maker, she helped frame the Social Security Act, and as director of the United Mine Workers Welfare and Retirement Fund, she helped create and administer a boldly ambitious employee benefits program. "My hobby is humanity," Roche once declared, but that understated the case. Helping humanity was her crusade and her passion - as this first ever Roche biography illustrates.
Table of Contents
Up From Riches; Denver's Joan of Arc; Angel-Nurse of the unfortunate; A Union of Effort; Her Bonnet in the Ring; From Ludlow to Washington; My Road Leads Me Forth; Pensions and Politics; "The Old Lady Won't Give Up"; Epilogue; Index.