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TitleSophonisba Breckinridge : championing women's activism in modern America / Anya Jabour.
AuthorJabour, Anya, author.
CollectionNEW: Adult Biography
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StatusLocationBarcodeCall NoCreated OnIssue NameCirc Status
 Paris-Bourbon30053003191403B BREC6/12/2020 Available

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Personal Name Jabour, Anya, author.
Title Statement Sophonisba Breckinridge : championing women's activism in modern America / Anya Jabour.
Production, Publication, Distribution, Manufacture, and Copyright Notice Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2019]
Physical Description xv, 382 pages : illustrations 24 cm.
Content Type text txt rdacontent
Media Type unmediated n rdamedia
Carrier Type volume rdacarrier
Series Statement Women, gender, and sexuality in American history
Bibliography, Etc. Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note 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, Etc. "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.
Subject-Personal Name Breckinridge, Sophonisba P. 1866-1948. (Sophonisba Preston),
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Women social workers Biography. United States
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Feminists Biography. United States
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Women social reformers Biography. United States
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Feminism History 19th century. United States
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Feminism History 20th century. United States
Series Added Entry-Uniform Title Women, gender, and sexuality in American history.

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