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Sophonisba Breckinridge: Championing Women's Activism in Modern America

Anya Jabour


Sophonisba Breckinridge (1866-1948) was involved in virtually every reform--including legal aid for immigrants, civil rights for blacks, labor legislation for workers, juvenile courts for youth, and citizenship rights for women--of both the Progressive and New Deal eras. She also played an important role in the development of the welfare state. As a social scientist, a social worker, and a public policy consultant, she played a key role in the development and the implementation of the 1935 Social Security Act. Breckinridge’s influence extended beyond national boundaries. As a founding member o ... More

Keywords: activism, biography, feminism, New Deal, Progressive era, social justice, social science, social work, welfare state, women’s rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780252042676
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252042676.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anya Jabour, author
University of Montana