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Author Jabour, Anya, author.

Title Sophonisba Breckinridge : championing women's activism in modern America / Anya Jabour
Published Urbana : University of Illinois, [2019]


Description 1 online resource (xv, 382 pages)
Series Women, gender, and sexuality in American history
Women, gender, and sexuality in American history.
Contents Introduction: "a woman's work" and "the work of the world" -- Becoming a Breckinridge: a Kentucky childhood -- Preparation for citizenship: an "all-around girl" at Wellesley College -- Striving for the ideal: female achievement and the family claim -- Academic activism: social science and social reform in progressive-era Chicago -- The other "Chicago school": the School of Social Service Administration -- Defining equality: fairness and feminism -- Women against war: an international movement for peace and justice -- The potential and pitfalls of Pan-American feminism -- Toward a national minimum: women building the welfare state -- "A & B": a productive partnership -- Epilogue: passionate patience
Summary "Sophonisba Preston Breckinridge (1866-1948) was an activist, social reformer, and educator who spent most of her life in Chicago whose life and work extended from the Civil War to the Cold War. Though a contemporary and partner to Jane Addams, this will be the first comprehensive biography of Sophie Breckinridge. While nationally and internationally renowned during her lifetime, Breckinridge has only received brief entries in the histories of women activism and social history. In this project, Anya Jabor examines Breckinridge's entire life and work, which includes involvement in nearly every type of reform of the Progressive and New Deal eras, from legal aid for immigrants, civil rights for blacks, labor legislation for workers, and juvenile courts for youth. With an M.A. in political science and a PhD in political economy, Breckinridge was a champion of women's education and helped to professionalize social work, thereby creating new career opportunities for educated women. She also advocated for safe working conditions, minimum wage, and full citizenship rights for women and established the School of Social Service Administration--a feminist "think tank" that addressed all of these issues and made women key players in policymaking. Internationally, her work had an immense influence on the formation of the League of Nations and the United Nations. She cofounded the U.S. chapter of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom and was the first woman to represent the U.S. at an international diplomatic conference. Jabour eloquently presents the rich life and works of a figure whose impact spanned decades and expands the definition of women's activism in modern America and offers fresh insights into the development and legacy of feminism"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Breckinridge, Sophonisba P. (Sophonisba Preston), 1866-1948.
Breckinridge, Sophonisba P. (Sophonisba Preston), 1866-1948
Feminists -- United States -- Biography
Feminism -- United States -- History -- 19th century
Feminism -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Women social workers -- United States -- Biography
Women social reformers -- United States -- Biography
Women social reformers
Women social workers
United States
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2019009631
ISBN 9780252051524