"Their contributions to social welfare can be summarized under three main headings: contributions to professional education, the direct contributions to the social services in Chicago and elsewhere, and their research into social problems. They all served one purpose, the improvement of the welfare program so that the disadvantaged in our community might have richer lives."

-- Helen Wright
Dean, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration
1942-56

At a time when women held little power in our society, Sophonisba Breckenridge and Edith and Grace Abbott were true pioneers. SSA and the field of social work itself owe an enormous debt of gratitude to their extraordinary talent, determination, and clarity of vision.

Lauren Feig

Lauren Feig, AM '14

“I feel incredibly lucky to be working at CCYVP and for the Coalition for Evidence-based Policy. Doing so has given me the opportunity to sharpen my research, writing, and communication skills, assets that will be particularly valuable as I move forward in my career.”