Born: January 2, 1857 (Baltimore, Maryland)
Died: December 2, 1935 (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Famous For/Known For:
Pioneer for women’s education
Thomas was born to middle class Quaker parents and attended Quaker schools.
Against her father’s wishes she entered college, as a junior, and graduated from Cornell University.
After being refused a degree from the University of Leipzig (Germany) because she was female, Thomas went on to apply and be accepted at the University of Zurich.
In 1882, she received her PHD summa cum laude and soon headed back to the United States.
Thomas obtained the position of Professor of English at Bryn Mawr College, the first institution in the US that offered graduate programs to women.
She was also offered the job of dean, making Thomas the first female college faculty member to obtain this title.
In 1908, Thomas became the first president of the National College Women’s Equal Suffrage League.
Thomas achieved many things in her life such as persuading John Hopkins to allow women into his medical school and establishing scholarships for European students.
In 1900, Thomas wrote a book, Education of Women, which was published by the U.S. Department of Education.
Thomas died at the age of 78.
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