Nebraska Hall of Fame: Grace Abbott

Social Reformer & Social Worker 

Grace Abbott (1873 - 1939), a Nebraska native from Grand Island, was internationally honored for her courageous championship of children and mothers, and for her promotion of pioneer legislation of enduring benefit to U.S. citizens. 

Before she began social work career in 1908, she spent some time teaching. 

Abbott was a founder of the Immigrant Protective League in 1908 and was appointed head of the Children's Bureau in the Department of Labor by President Warren Harding in 1921. 

She was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1975-76. 


Other Resources:

Abbott Family - manuscript finding aid

     (The Abbotts all participated in some level of government and activism. This manuscript provides insight into the family and their individual contributions.) 

"The Abbott Sisters: Edith & Grace" 

     (A short article about the two most prominent Abbott kin and their accomplishments.)

Grace Abbott Medal 

View of Grace Abbott bust from the right side.

View of Grace Abbott bust straight on.

View of Grace Abbott bust from the left side.

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