An introduction to internationalism
E. F. Penrose became chief of the Economic Section at the International Labour Office in Geneva under the American, John Gilbert Winant, formerly chairman of President Roosevelt’s Social Security Board; he offered Edith a position as a research assistant. In June 1939 she left her baby son with her parents and travelled to Geneva. They remained working in Geneva but fled across France and Spain to Lisbon in August 1940 after the Nazi invasion of France. Winant negotiated a wartime base for the ILO in Montreal and E. F. Penrose and Edith worked there, with her son David, until September 1941. Edith began work on Food Control in Great Britain, a study of the production, distribution, and consumption of food during the war.
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