As a social worker and social reformer in Chicago, a policy consultant for the U.S. Children’s Bureau, and an active participant in both European and Latin American reform movements, Sophonisba Preston Breckinridge (1866-1948) was an integral part of the child welfare movement at the local, national, and international levels throughout the first half of the twentieth century. Summing up Breckinridge’s four decades of child welfare advocacy, Children’s Bureau Chief Katharine Lenroot declared, “The children of the world are richer because she lived and cared.”[i] Indeed, Sophonisba Preston Breckinridge and the international child welfare movement advanced child welfare, international cooperation, and human rights in the first half of the twentieth century.
Breckinridge, Sophonisba; child welfare; Pan-Americanism; Pan American Child Congresses; Pan American; Children's Code; U.S. Children's Bureau; Universal Declaration of Human Rights
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Jabour, Anya, "Bridging Boundaries: Sophonisba Preston Breckinridge and the International Child Welfare Movement, 1910-1948" (2020). History Faculty Publications. 2.