Robins, Margaret Dreier
- Sandra Opdycke
Robins, Margaret Dreier (06 September 1868–21 February 1945), social reformer and labor leader, was born in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Theodor Dreier, a prosperous businessman, and Dorothea Adelheid. As a teenager Margaret suffered from various physical ailments that left her weak and depressed. Rather than retire to a life of semi-invalidism, however, she threw herself into volunteer work, starting at the age of nineteen when she became treasurer of the women’s auxiliary at Brooklyn Hospital, where her father was a trustee. She did not attend college but sought out private tutoring in philosophy, history, and public speaking. In 1902 Margaret Dreier joined the State Charities Aid Association and the recently established Women’s Municipal League (WML). Soon afterward she and social worker ...