Marie Elena Saccoccio



July, 2017

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Commented on The Foundry 1 year, 2 months ago
We are located in the highest density tech/lab space in the world. We do not need to dedicate precious Foundry space to that discipline. There should be plenty of mentoring opportunities within the school system itself. The Foundry needs to be a respite from that and provide artisans and artists and performers with a home in which they can share their craft.
Commented on The Foundry 1 year, 2 months ago
Again, I have no interest in STEM with A thrown in as an after thought.
Commented on The Foundry 1 year, 2 months ago
I would participate in any kind of art programming including painting, jewelry making, woodworking, silk screening, pottery. I really have no interest in tech at all. We have too much of that emphasis in this location.
Commented on The Foundry 1 year, 2 months ago
Followed The Foundry 2 years, 7 months ago
Commented on The Foundry 2 years, 7 months ago
Since I was lead petitioner for landmarking of this building, I would love its history to be integrated into the use to permanently honor the women who toiled here and paved the way for women workers in industry today. East Cambridge was surely the center of industry during the turn of the century but lost in the accounts is the historic and substantial role of the neighborhood women (notably Polish) who worked in its Foundry. The evidence of their contribution was memorialized by the New York Times in three articles appearing in September, 1911, and covered in the press as far away as San Francisco. Controversy concerned women in the workplace, being paid half the man’s hourly wage; lifting as much as 150 lbs. on the job; stripping from waist up because of the heat of the foundry; working far more hours than allowed by law. The public debate at the time was so notorious that Governor Eugene Foss authorized a raid on the premises by the State Police. Lieutenant Governor supported such action, as did Mayor Barry of Cambridge and various Congregational ministers. The debate extended to a formal meeting at Faneuil Hall. Within a year, despite the investigation that found no violation of then existing law, Massachusetts passed the Employment of Women in the Core Rooms, Acts of 1912, Chapter 653, and the first Minimum Wage Act for Women in the Country, Chapter 706, Acts of 1912.