Grace Abbott

Grace Abbott
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  • Grace Abbott was born on November 17th, 1878 in Grand Island Nebraska along with her older sister Edith to Lizzie and Othman Abbott. Both of her parents were advocates for the suffrage and abolition movements.
  • After graduating from Grand Island College, she worked as a high school teacher for years, until she moved to Chicago to live with her sister in the Hull House. She moved there because she found she wanted to study political science and advocate for social justice in America. 
  • After getting a degree in political science, Abbott created the Immigrants Protective League. She publicly supported the immigration movement, and defended many of them from the law. She wrote about many of her endeavors in her book "The Immigrant and The Community".
  • After being in Chicago for 8 years, she moved to Washington to focus on being a stronger supporter of the child labor movement. She became head of the Child Labor Division with the Children's Bureau, and went on to enforce a law that prohibited sale of goods created by child labor.
  • "Children, it should be repeated, are not pocket editions of adults, because childhood is a period of physical growth and development, a period of preparation for adult responsibility and public and private life. A program of children cannot be merely an adaptation of the program for adults, nor should it be curtailed during periods of depression or emergency expansion of other programs." -Grace Abbott
  • Grace Abbott was one of the leading reformers during the progressive era, and leaves a substantial impact on society. She advocated for immigration, anti-child labor, and women's suffrage, and created many successful works that helped her vision of a more socially accepting America.
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