Cover for JABOUR: Sophonisba Breckinridge: Championing Women's Activism in Modern America. Click for larger image

Sophonisba Breckinridge

Championing Women's Activism in Modern America

The accomplished life and tireless work of a feminist educator and reformer

Sophonisba Breckinridge's remarkable career stretched from the Civil War to the Cold War. She took part in virtually every reform campaign of the Progressive and New Deal eras and became a nationally and internationally renowned figure. Her work informed women's activism for decades and continues to shape progressive politics today.

Anya Jabour's biography rediscovers this groundbreaking American figure. After earning advanced degrees in politics, economics, and law, Breckinridge established the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration, which became a feminist think tank that promoted public welfare policy and propelled women into leadership positions. In 1935, Breckinridge’s unremitting efforts to provide government aid to the dispossessed culminated in her appointment as an advisor on programs for the new Social Security Act. A longtime activist in international movements for peace and justice, Breckinridge also influenced the formation of the United Nations and advanced the idea that "women’s rights are human rights." Her lifelong commitment to social justice created a lasting legacy for generations of progressive activists.


"A compelling biography that resurrects the life and times of this noteworthy feminist." --Booklist

"In propulsive prose, Anya Jabour brings to life progressive feminist Sophonisba Breckinridge, whose forty-year career as an advocate for social justice provides a model of 'passionate patience' for progressives in the twenty-first century."--Robyn Muncy, author of Relentless Reformer: Josephine Roche and Progressivism in Twentieth-Century America

"Anya Jabour has written an outstanding biography of Sophonisba Breckinridge. She has thoroughly convinced me of Breckinridge's important role in American and women's history and how much of each is revealed by her lifelong activism. The research is expansive and the writing is flawless."--Joan M. Johnson, author of Funding Feminism: Monied Women, Philanthropy, and the Women's Movement, 1870–1967


Anya Jabour is Regents Professor of History at the University of Montana. Her books include Topsy-Turvy: How the Civil War Turned the World Upside Down for Southern Children and Scarlett's Sisters: Young Women in the Old South.

To order online:
//www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/82kcs3yk9780252042676.html

To order by phone:
(800) 621-2736 (USA/Canada)
(773) 702-7000 (International)

Related Titles

previous book next book
Diary of a Philosophy Student - Cover
Diary of a Philosophy Student

Volume 2, 1928-29

Simone de Beauvoir

Daughter of the Empire State - Cover
Daughter of the Empire State

The Life of Judge Jane Bolin

Jacqueline A. McLeod

To Live Here, You Have to Fight - Cover
To Live Here, You Have to Fight

How Women Led Appalachian Movements for Social Justice

Jessica Wilkerson

Lucretia Mott Speaks - Cover
Lucretia Mott Speaks

The Essential Speeches and Sermons

Lucretia Mott Edited by Christopher Densmore, Carol Faulkner, Nancy Hewitt, and Beverly Wilson Palmer

Scandinavians in Chicago - Cover
Scandinavians in Chicago

The Origins of White Privilege in Modern America

Erika K. Jackson

Transforming Women’s Education - Cover
Transforming Women’s Education

Liberal Arts and Music in Female Seminaries

Jewel A. Smith

Reverend Addie Wyatt - Cover
Reverend Addie Wyatt

Faith and the Fight for Labor, Gender, and Racial Equality

Marcia Walker-McWilliams

Homeland Maternity - Cover
Homeland Maternity

US Security Culture and the New Reproductive Regime

Natalie Fixmer-Oraiz

Degrees of Difference - Cover
Degrees of Difference

Reflections of Women of Color on Graduate School

Edited by Kimberly D. McKee and Denise A. Delgado

Women, Work, and Worship in Lincoln's Country - Cover
Women, Work, and Worship in Lincoln's Country

The Dumville Family Letters

Edited by Anne M. Heinz and John P. Heinz

Vita Sexualis - Cover
Vita Sexualis

Karl Ulrichs and the Origins of Sexual Science

Ralph M. Leck

The Selected Papers of Jane Addams - Cover
The Selected Papers of Jane Addams

vol. 3: Creating Hull-House and an International Presence, 1889-1900

Jane Addams Edited by Mary Lynn McCree Bryan, Maree de Angury, and Ellen Skerrett

Reshaping Women's History - Cover
Reshaping Women's History

Voices of Nontraditional Women Historians

Edited by Julie A. Gallagher and Barbara Winslow

Reimagining Liberation - Cover
Reimagining Liberation

How Black Women Transformed Citizenship in the French Empire

Annette K. Joseph-Gabriel

Women Singers in Global Contexts - Cover
Women Singers in Global Contexts

Music, Biography, Identity

Edited by Ruth Hellier