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November 21: A Mother of German Social Work

Jeannette Schwerin, a founder of the German Society for Ethical Culture and a pioneer of social work in Berlin, was born on this date in 1852. She was active in the Woman Welfare Club, which sought reform of the educational and prison systems, and of the German Central Institute for Social Issues, a project of […]

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July 22: Augusta Fox Bronner and Juvenile Delinquency

Psychologist Augusta Fox Bronner, who redirected the study of juvenile delinquency to social and environmental rather than biological causes, and to character rather than intelligence, was born in Louisville, Kentucky on this date in 1881. After training at Columbia University’s Teachers College and spending several rewarding years as a classroom teacher, Bronner attended a Harvard […]

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January 28: Widows, Orphans, and Hannah Bachman Einstein

Hannah Bachman Einstein, a German Jewish social reformer who demanded and won state support for destitute mothers and their children, was born in New York on this date in 1862. As president of Temple Emanu-El’s Sisterhood for twenty-five years, she became heavily involved in the lives of poor Jewish immigrants in New York, and in […]

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Sentient Beings: A Justice Story

Why I, who benefited the least from my uncle’s estate, was the one to gift his caregivers Bernett Belgraier Upon disbursement of my uncle’s estate, a year and a half after his death, the personal checks that I sent were accompanied by notes expressing gratitude from him, his wife, and me. Lorene was the longest-serving […]

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January 4: Social Workers on Strike

Eight thousand New York social workers, many of them Jews, went out on strike on this date in 1965 in protest of oversized caseloads and low pay. Two locals led the strike: the independent Social Services Employees Union, a militant union that had just won bargaining rights for 6,000 caseworkers, and DC 37’s Local 371, […]

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December 23: Nutrition for the Poor

Frances Stern, a social worker and dietician who researched the nutrition of low-income workers and established the Food Clinic at the Boston Dispensary, died at 74 on this date in 1947. Stern was a pioneer in home economics, helped to found the American Home Economics Association in 1908, and wrote an influential book in 1917, […]

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