Dodge, Grace H.

Social worker & philanthropist, devoted her life & money to improving women’s education, esteem, and safety

Price: $90.00

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(1856-1914) American social worker and philanthropist, granddaughter of William E. Dodge who founded the prominent New York firm of Phelps, Dodge & Co., of which her father was a partner. Grace Dodge donated about $1.5M and many years of service to philanthropic work. She devoted her life to improvements in women's education, esteem, and safety at a time when women were just beginning to gain greater access to social privileges. She was instrumental in forming the Kitchen Garden Association, later the Industrial Education Association, resulting from her work at the Children’s Aid Society. She was the main source of funds for the New York College for the Training of Teachers, which subsequently became Columbia University Teachers College. Committed to help working girls, Dodge organized the first Working Girls Society among a group of silk workers in 1884. According to Dodge, the specific objectives of the Society were to "furnish pleasant rooms where its members can pass the evening; to organize classes for mutual enjoyment and improvement; to collect a circulating library for use of members; and to develop co-operative measures which shall be for the benefit of the members. On February 16, 1885, 11 New York City clubs united to form the Association of Working Girls' Societies, with Dodge as founder and driving force. She negotiated the merger of 2 opposing young women's groups into the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) of the United States. She also organized the Travelers' Aid Society of New York in 1907 to protect female travelers from falling victim to vice, especially the so-called "white slave traffic" (coercion of white women into prostitution). She had called for the creation of a National Travelers' Aid Society, but died before this could be accomplished. She was also a major force in the foundation of the international Travelers' Aid movement. The Grace Dodge Career and Technical Education High School, named in her honor, is located in the Bronx, New York. Autograph sentiment (“Cordially yours”) signed on 1 ¾ x 4 ¼ piece.

Condition: Very good
Type:Autograph Sentiment Signed






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