Full caption: National Consumers' League. Report of Conference on Minimum Wage Decision of the Supreme Court, April 20,1923. Cover with cartoon by Rollin Kirby, which the NCL reproduced courtesy of the New York World. League of Women Voters Records (container I:25). Manuscript Division. LC-MS-29660-2. Full caption: National Consumers' League. Report of Conference on Minimum Wage Decision of the Supreme Court, April 20,1923. Cover with cartoon by Rollin Kirby, which the NCL reproduced courtesy of the New York World. League of Women Voters Records (container I:25). Manuscript Division. LC-MS-29660-2.

At the same time that women were campaigning for the vote, they were also lobbying for social welfare legislation, including protective laws establishing minimum wages and restricting the number of hours women could be forced to work. On April 9, 1923, the Supreme Court ruled in Adkins v. Children's Hospital that such minimum wage laws for women were unconstitutional because they interfered with the liberty of contract guaranteed by the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments. Two weeks after that decision, which according to cartoonist Rollin Kirby guaranteed women the constitutional right to starve, the National Consumers' League (NCL) convened a meeting of groups supporting minimum wage legislation to consider next steps. The report of that meeting may be found not in the NCL records held by the Manuscript Division but in the records of an allied organization, the League of Women Voters, which had joined the NCL and other groups three years earlier to form a lobbying organization known as the Women's Joint Congressional Committee. Locating manuscript materials for a research project often involves expanding your search beyond the most obvious sources to include the papers of individuals and organizations that may have had an association with events and activities that are the focus of your research.

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