McDowell, Mary Eliza

McDowell, Mary Eliza

(1854–1936) social reformer; born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Educated in Illinois' public and private schools, she became a renowned public health reformer as director of the University of Chicago Settlement House (1894–1929). She also campaigned for women's rights, labor organizations, and interracial cooperation.
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