Breckinridge, Dr. Sophonisba Preston (1866-1948)
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Daughter of William Cabell Preston Breckinridge, Sophonisba Preston Breckinridge studied law at the University of Kentucky and became the first woman admitted to the Kentucky Bar Association. She was also the first woman to be awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in political science from the University of Chicago, where she became Dean of the School of Social Administration. Concerned for the political and economic equality of women, she associated with the Woman's Trade Union League where she helped organize garment workers' strikes in 1911 and 1915. Working with the Clay sisters, she was vice-president of the National American Woman's Suffrage Association in 1911. She was one of the first women to join the N.A.A.C.P. A representative to many international conferences, she was the first woman delegate to the Pan-American Conference in Montevideo where she advocated legally extending women's rights for equality in every nation.
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