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Sophonisba BreckinridgeChampioning Women's Activism in Modern America$
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Anya Jabour

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042676

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042676.001.0001

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Striving for the Ideal

Striving for the Ideal

Female Achievement and the Family Claim

(p.57) Chapter Three Striving for the Ideal
Sophonisba Breckinridge

Anya Jabour

University of Illinois Press

highlights the challenges faced by “New Women” like Breckinridge, who struggled to balance duty to family with a calling to service. For nearly ten years, Breckinridge searched for a meaningful vocation while fulfilling her duty to her family. She taught school, practiced law, and traveled abroad, but she was unable to reconcile her professional goals with her family obligations. This chapter also addresses Breckinridge’s pursuit of higher education at the University of Chicago, where she earned both an MA in political science and a PhD in political economy and became the top-ranked member of the first graduating class of the University of Chicago’s new law school.

Keywords:   family life, higher education, law, “New Women,”, teaching, University of Chicago

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