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Funding Feminism: Monied Women, Philanthropy, and the Women's Movement, 1870-1967

Joan Marie Johnson


Joan Marie Johnson examines an understudied dimension of women’s history in the United States: how a group of affluent white women from the late-nineteenth through the mid-twentieth centuries advanced the status of all women through acts of philanthropy. This cadre of activists included Phoebe Hearst, the mother of William Randolph Hearst; Grace Dodge, granddaughter of Wall Street “Merchant Prince” William Earle Dodge; and Ava Belmont, who married into the Vanderbilt family fortune. Motivated by their own experiences with sexism, and focusing on women’s need for economic independence, these be ... More

Keywords: feminism, philanthropy, women, wealthy, woman suffrage, birth control, reproductive rights, education

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781469634692
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469634692.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joan Marie Johnson, author
Northwestern University