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(1876–1957) After earning her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago in 1905 (the second woman to do so), Edith Abbott built a successful academic career for herself, ﬁrst, as a labour economist and economic historian and, later, as Professor and Dean of the University of Chicago Graduate School of Social Service Administration and as long-time editor of the Social Service Review. Abbott was born in Nebraska in 1876 to the small-town prairie lawyer, Othman Abbott, and his wife, Elizabeth Grifﬁn. Both believed in equal rights for women and in education for their daughters, Grace and Edith. (Grace grew up to become a nationally recognized social reformer and Chief of the US Children’s Bureau.) Edith was a natural scholar and did well in her studies, although her undergraduate college years were punctuated with family ﬁnancial difﬁculties stemming from the long Nebraska drought and depression of the 1890s. For seven years Abbott worked to combine highschool teaching with summer and correspondence courses, and eventually full-time studies, to earn her undergraduate degree at the University of Nebraska in 1901. In 1903, Abbott won a fellowship to study political economy at the newly established University of Chicago, which she had seen under construction during a visit to the World’s Columbia Exposition in 1893 and which she knew had admitted women from its inception. There she came under the inﬂuence of Professors J. Laurence Laughlin and Thorstein Veblen and the work of erstwhile Veblen student, Wesley Clair Mitchell. In...
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