Tillie Lerner Olsen was a renegade, revolutionary, distinguished fiction and non-fiction writer, feminist, mother, humanist, labor organizer and social activist. Deeply joined to the world, Tillie countered the very core of American writing by immortalizing the lives of working-class women and single mothers. Tillie Olsen's writing, especially Tell Me A Riddle and I Stand Here Ironing is as relevant today as when it was first published over forty years ago when her writing galvanized the literary world. 'It's through organization, people getting together that change has happened. I have hope and believe in what human beings can achieve.'