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Master's Thesis

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Theriot, Nancy M.


Women--Kentucky--Louisville; Social reformers--Kentucky--Louisville--History; Morel, Louise C., b. 1871


Louise C. Morel was a leading social reformer in Louisville from 1917 through the early 1940s. Morel's work is a primary example of the continuation of Progressive Era ideals into the decades after the traditional end of the Progressive Era. Because the areas in which she worked were those that had traditionally appealed to and benefited women and children, Morel became known as a municipal housekeeper. With the help of fellow members of the Louisville Women's City Club, Morel conducted numerous surveys, organized conventions to educate the public, gave speeches, and urged city leaders to institute reforms in various areas. The issues in which Morel was interested include tuberculosis, garbage separation and disposal, housing quality, sewer expansion, and improvement of public buildings and outdoor areas. Morel's work influenced women both in Louisville and across the state, and left a lasting imprint on the city.