Grace Abbott

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Birthday
17, 1878
Birthplace
Nebraska
DEATH DATE
Jun 19, 1939 (60)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
17, 1878
Birthplace
Nebraska
DEATH DATE
Jun 19, 1939 (60)

About

Remembered for her activist work on behalf of immigrants and children, this American social worker and sociologist of the early 20th century served as Director of the U.S. Children's Bureau's Labour Division and, as such, oversaw the implementation of the Keating-Owen Act of 1916.

Before Fame

She graduated from Grand Island College in the late 1890s and worked as a teacher before earning a graduate degree in social work from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. After relocating to Illinois, she obtained an advanced degree in political science from the University of Chicago and later became a professor at the same institution.

Trivia

Her publications include The Child and the State (1938) and The Immigrant and the Community (1917). At the end of her life, she worked for the Social Security Administration, where she helped formulate the Social Security Act.

Family Life

Born in Grand Island, Nebraska, to Elizabeth Griffin and Nebraska Lieutenant Governor Othman Ali Abbott, she and her sister, Edith Abbott, were both influential social workers.

Associated With

Upon moving to Chicago in the early 1900s, she lived in Hull House, a residence established by her fellow social worker Jane Addams.