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This woman broke a glass ceiling in Alabama on December 5, 1919!

Long involved in state and national efforts to reform child labor laws, Loraine Bedsole (Bush) Tunstall was largely responsible for the establishment of the child labor department in Alabama.

Loraine Bedsole (Bush) Tunstall

She broke the glass ceiling in the government of Alabama when on December 5th, 1919, for the first time, a woman became the head of a state agency in Alabama when she was named the director of the newly created Child Welfare Department.

She had a strong educational background

Loraine Bedsole Bush, was born May 11, 1881, in Clarke County, Ala., daughter of Travis Linyer and Martha (Goodman) Bedsole; the former born at DeFuniak, Fla., the latter of Georgia; granddaughter of Edward and Susan (Blackwell) Bedsole, of North Carolina, and of Matthew and Mary (Sheffield) Goodman, of Georgia.

Her education was secured under a governess at Tallahatta Springs, Clarke County, the Thomasville High School, The Atheneum, and in special study in Washington, D. C.

Loraine Bedsole (Bush) Tunstall (Alabama Department of Archives and History)

And work experience

She was deputy child labor inspector for two and one-half years during the administration of Dr. William H. Oates. She later served for a time in the Children’s Bureau of the U. S. Department of Labor, as U. S. Factory Inspector. She later went with the National Child Labor Committee of New York City, charged with the duty of securing child welfare legislation in the several states.

Helped passed child welfare laws and bills

Early in 1919, Mrs. Bush returned to Alabama and was largely instrumental in securing the passage of the child labor bill, as well as the law establishing the State Child Welfare Department.

She was elected as the first director of this department, on December 5, 1919.

On March 9, 1909, at Thomasville. she was married to Dr. Charles Fletcher Bush, who was then State Prison Inspector. He was the son of Dr. B. W. and Mary (Hudson) Bush, of Thomasville, Ala.


  • Alabama Official and Statistical Register, 1920
  • Alabama Department of Archives and History

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Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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