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Portrait of a girl, standing, working at a machine in a textile plant, Cherryville, N.C.
Abbott's crusade for child labor laws was so that young girls like this one wouldn't be forced to work

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Reformer Grace Abbott Was Born
November 17, 1878

In 1917, Abbott left Chicago to join the Department of Labor, where she was assigned to the Children's Bureau in charge of investigating and reporting on issues related to child welfare. She began working on the first federal law restricting child labor. In 1918, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the legislation. Although she was disappointed, Abbott used her influence to make sure that wartime contractors did not rely on child labor. How old should someone be in order to be allowed to work?
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