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Did you know NCL began as an organization of women devoted to workers’ rights?
In 1908, NCL’s Florence Kelley and Josephine Goldmark mobilized and aided then-lawyer Louis Brandeis, arguing before the Supreme Court in defense of a state’s right to restrict a woman’s working hours. The case spawned the iconic “Brandeis Brief,” the first of the influential legal arguments based in societal evidence. Brandeis was triumphant; after Muller, states were permitted to regulate work hours, and future Brandeis Briefs would continue to change the course of American legal and social history.