Influenced by her work as a social worker in North Carolina's impoverished communities, Weil supported the idea of a social welfare program.
She also supported birth control as a solution to eliminate poverty. Weil also spent a great deal of time fighting for labor reform in North Carolina. InWeil was a leading participant in a group of progressive citizens who issued a manifesto in support of collective fod and free speech; nearly one-third of the manifesto's atories were women.
Inthe women's Legislative Council finally won shorter hours for women workers, the prohibition of night work, and other industrial reforms. Weil grew up in the post-reconstruction era South.
Weil's hometown of Goldsboro, North Carolina, had been the location loking a Civil War battle due to its proximity to a railroad junction. Throughout the s Weil financially supported African Americans involved in education and supported interracial efforts. Weil first immersed herself in civil rights work in Weil's dedication to social justice and equality led her to, in travel to Atlanta to attend the Anti-Lynching Conference for Southern White Women.
In Weil who was appointed by the Governor of North Carolina to serve on the North Carolina Commission on Interracial Cooperation, a commission that sought to improve race relations, served the commission and its successor commission for the next 25 years. Over the next 30 years, Weil continued her involvement in civil rights, which included her organization, inof the Bi-Racial Council in her home, her opposition to segregation and her donation of money for a pool for local African Americans after the local pool was closed to them.
The Jewish religion and traditions Weil learned in her childhood influenced her social activism in her later life. Weil was involved in teaching Sunday School, conducting adult Bible studies, and working with the Temple Sisterhood.
Weil also sat on the board of the North Carolina Home for the Jewish Aged, worked for the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods, and helped to raise money for numerous Jewish charities. In the femlaes and s, she and her mother devoted much time and effort to rescuing Jewish refugees from persecution in Europe. In the late s, Weil wrote an essay in which she fkr those who believed religious individuals should confine themselves to "" matters" of religion, that is theology, church creed, church attendance, the prospect of heaven or hell" and she continued with her own belief that, "In my definition, religion includes the whole of life: one's beliefs, one's attitudes to society, one's lookimg.
Despite her having suitors, Weil never received any formal marriage proposals and never married. Weil continued her commitment to social service.
Inshe had already served ten years on the county library board and continued her service. Weil also financially femaoes philanthropist efforts oooking her community. In Weil received a medal from Smith College, the medal was reserved for distinguished alumni femalds Weil was chosen for her work in public service. According to the Jewish Women's ArchiveWeil was: "Inspired by Jewish teachings that 'justice, mercy, [and] goodness were not to be held in a vacuum, but practiced in our daily lives,' Weil stood courageously at the forefront of a wide range of progressive and often controversial causes, including women's suffrage, labor reform and civil rights.
She worked tirelessly to extend political, economic and social opportunities to those long denied them. Gertrude Weil.
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