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Biography Martha Carey Thomas ( Jan. 2, 1857-Dec. 2, 1935) was a graduate of Cornell University and went on to earn a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Zurich in 1882. She was the first woman and first foreigner to receive a doctorate from the university. She also attended classes at the University of Leipzig and the Sorbonne in Paris. She returned to the United States to be the dean of Bryn Mawr College. In 1894 she became the second president of Bryn Mawr College, a position she held until 1922. In 1908, Carey Thomas became the first president of the National College Women’s Equal Suffrage League, in addition to being active in the National American Woman Suffrage Association. After women won the right to vote, she became a major advocate for the National Woman’s Party and one of the first to push for an equal rights amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Carey Thomas was also instrumental in creating the Bryn Mawr Summer School for Women Workers in Industry (1921-1938), which was an experimental program to help provide academic education to young women, who were mostly factory workers with very little education. Many of these women went on to take leading positions in trade unions and in their local communities, very much in line with the legacy of Hannah Whitall Smith.

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