Grace Abbott

Photo from 1929

Photo from 1929


Grace Abbott was born in Grand Island, Nebraska on November 17, 1878 (d. June 19, 1939). She was an American social worker whose main focus was the advancement of child welfare and also an author. In 1907 she joined Hull House. “Abbott served on several committees and organizations for advancing the societal cause of the child welfare, including the Immigrants’ Protective League (1908-1917), Child Labor Division of the U.S. Children’s Bureau (1921 to 1934), and was also a member of the Women’s Trade Union League. From 1917-1919, she was the director of the child labor division of the U.S. Children’s Bureau. It was in this capacity that she was responsible for the administering of the Keating-Owen Act (1916). This law was reversed by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1918. She was responsible for portions of this law continuing by inserting clauses into the war-goods conracts between the Federal government and private industries.” (Source:Wikipedia)

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