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Grace Abbott, Chief of the Children's Bureau of the Dept. of Labor
Grace Abbott, Chief of the Children's Bureau of the Department of Labor, 1929

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Reformer Grace Abbott Was Born
November 17, 1878

It is no surprise that Grace Abbott grew up to be an activist and social reformer. She was born on November 17, 1878 in Grand Island, Nebraska, into a family of activists. Her father was a leader in state politics, and her mother took part in the Underground Railroad (helping to free slaves) and the woman's suffrage movement (helping women earn the right to vote).

After graduating from college and teaching high school, Abbott went to the University of Chicago, where she earned a master's degree in political science. She lived there for nine years, until 1917, and worked for immigrants' rights. But immigration was not the only cause that Abbott became known for. Can you guess what other issue related to children she dedicated much of her life?

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