Elaine has been active in the labor, civil rights and women's movements. She has held many different positions in these fields, starting with bringing displaced persons to this country after World War II.
In the 1970s she became the first Executive Director of the Maryland Commission for Women and worked on many issues, such as women getting credit in their own name, getting work experience credit for what they had done as volunteers and getting rid of "Girl Friday"ads in the newspapers. After that she worked in Federal Agencies.
She was an early President of the Clearinghouse on Women's Issues and has served on many boards and commissions and received many awards, i.e. the 1st Foremothers Award. Currently she is the First VP of the National Capital Area Union Retirees, on the Executive Committee of the Americans for Democratic Action, a Board member of the National Committee on Pay Equity and continues many years of arranging programs at the Woman's National Democratic Club.