Balch, Emily Greene (1867-1961)
Mary Jo Deegan
Feminist pragmatist, social settlement leader, and Nobel laureate, Emily Greene Balch was a world leader with an innovative intellectual and political legacy. She is one of the most important female sociologists of the early years of the discipline. From 1897 to 1919, she taught sociology at Wellesley College and devoted the rest of her life to world peace. Balch was born in 1867, in Boston, a descendant of distinguished American ancestors. Her father, Francis Vernies Balch, was a notable lawyer, and her mother, Ellen Maria Noyes, came from an affectionate, large family. Emily's mother died when she was 17, and she then turned primarily to her father. Balch graduated in 1889 from Bryn Mawr College in its first matriculated class and received its highest academic honor, the Bryn Mawr Fellowship for European Study. Balch began a close friendship with Jane Addams in 1892 at the Summer School of Applied Ethics ...