American Female Sociologists

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Charlotte Perkins Gilman
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Birthdate: July 3, 1860
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut
Died: August 17, 1935

Charlotte Perkins Gilman was an American novelist, humanist, poet, and short-story writer. Best remembered as a utopian feminist, Gilman served as an inspiration for several generations of feminists. A National Women's Hall of Fame inductee, Charlotte Perkins Gilman is also remembered for her semi-autobiographical work, The Yellow Wallpaper.

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Alva Belmont
(socialite)

Alva Belmont
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Birthdate: January 17, 1853
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States
Died: January 26, 1933

Alva Belmont was an American socialite who played a major role in the women's suffrage movement in the United States of America. Remembered for her intelligence, energy, and strong opinions, Belmont is credited with founding the Political Equality League which aimed at promoting suffrage-supporting politicians. Alva Belmont is also credited with co-founding the National Woman's Party in 1916.

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Ruth Benedict
(Anthropologist, Folklorist, University teacher, Poet, Sociologist, Biographer)

Ruth Benedict
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Birthdate: June 5, 1887
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City
Died: September 17, 1948

Ruth Benedict was an American folklorist and anthropologist. Benedict, who played an important role in the American Folklore Society, also served as the American Anthropological Association's president; the association gives away an annual prize named after Ruth Benedict. In 2005, she was made an inductee of the National Women's Hall of Fame.

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Patricia Hill Collins
(Philosopher, Sociologist, University teacher, American Sociological Association Distinguished Scholarly Book Award)

Patricia Hill Collins
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Birthdate: May 1, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Philadelphia

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Carol Gilligan
(Psychologist, Philosopher, Non-fiction writer, Sociologist, Feminist)

Carol Gilligan
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Birthdate: November 28, 1936
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City

Carol Gilligan is an American psychologist, ethicist, and feminist. She is renowned for her work on ethical relationships and ethical community. She also serves as a professor of Applied Psychology and Humanities at New York University. Considered the chief architect of the ethics of care, Gilligan was named in the 25 most influential people list by Time magazine in 1996.

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Saskia Sassen
(Sociologist)

Saskia Sassen
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Birthdate: January 5, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands

Apart from teaching sociology at Columbia University and LSE, sociologist Saskia Sassen has also devoted over 3 decades of her life to research. She introduced the term global city. The daughter of a Dutch Nazi journalist, she grew up in Argentina and Italy, before studying in France.

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Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
(Academic Scholar)

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
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Birthdate: May 2, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, U.S.
Died: April 12, 2009
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Theda Skocpol
(Historian, Political scientist, Sociology, University teacher)

Theda Skocpol
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Birthdate: May 4, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Detroit

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Alexis Herman
(Politician, Sociologist)

Alexis Herman
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Birthdate: July 16, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mobile

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Nancy Chodorow
(Psychologist, Writer, Sociologist)

Nancy Chodorow
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Birthdate: January 20, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City

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Emily Greene Balch
(Social Activist)

Emily Greene Balch
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Birthdate: January 8, 1867
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Boston
Died: January 9, 1961

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Faye Wattleton
(Midwife, Registered nurse, Author, News presenter)

Faye Wattleton
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Birthdate: July 8, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: St. Louis

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Elsie Clews Parsons
(Anthropologist)

Elsie Clews Parsons
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Birthdate: November 27, 1875
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Died: December 19, 1941

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Jessie Bernard
(Sociologist)

Jessie Bernard
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Birthdate: June 8, 1903
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Died: October 6, 1996

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Alice S. Rossi
(Sociologist)

Alice S. Rossi
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Birthdate: September 24, 1922
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: November 3, 2009

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Helen Lynd
(Sociologist)

Helen Lynd
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Birthdate: March 17, 1896
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: La Grange, Illinois, United States
Died: January 30, 1982

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Kate Waller Barrett
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Birthdate: January 24, 1857
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Falmouth, Virginia, United States
Died: February 23, 1925

Best remembered for popularizing the rescue-home movement for sex workers and unwed mothers in the US, Kate Waller Barrett led the National Florence Crittenton Mission. Although a qualified physician, she never practiced in a full-fledged manner and mostly focused on social reform. She also worked for the Black community.

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Elaine Brody
(Sociologist)

Elaine Brody
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Birthdate: December 4, 1922
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: July 9, 2014

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Irene Barnes Taeuber
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Birthdate: December 25, 1906
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Meadville, Missouri, United States
Died: February 24, 1974