Today’s featured historical piece is about Edith Abbott 1876-1957. She became a part of history with her work in developing a more human social welfare system. I hope you enjoy a step back into history.
Edith Abbott was an influential economist who championed reforms to alleviate urban social problems that afflicted immigrants in American industrial centers.
She was born in Grand Island, Nebraska, to active, civic-minded parents. Her mother was an abolitionist and women’s suffrage leader, and her father was the first lieutenant governor of Nebraska. Her sister, Grace, was born two years later, and their lives were intertwined with mutual interests and involvement in the public welfare and in federal and state responsibilities involving social problems. Click here to read the rest of the article.