Sophonisba Breckinridge


Sophonisba Preston Breckinridge born Lexington, KY April 1, 1866 (d. 1948). Lawyer and social worker; Hull House associate of Jane Addams; WILPF founding member ; active in international organizations including first Child Welfare Congress 1925, first International Social Work Congress 1928; U.S. delegate of Pan American Conference 1933; first woman PhD in political science.


On admission to the bar: "[I] had never borne a challenge and had never fought a duel with deadly weapons." (1892, Cathy Coghlan thesis; photo Wikipedia)