Abby Leach

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Abby Leach
Abby Leach
Abby Leach
Born 1855 (1855)
Died 1918 (1919) (aged 63)
Occupation American classical scholar

Abby Leach (1855–1918) was a Professor of Greek and Latin at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York from 1883 until her death.

She was one of the first female students at Harvard University, enrolling in a "Plan for Private Collegiate Instruction of Women" upon its establishment in 1879 at her behest. The "Plan" led to the later establishment of Radcliffe College. Because Harvard at that time did not grant degrees to women, Vassar College granted her bachelor's and master's degrees after they appointed her to the Vassar faculty.[1]

She was a member of the Greek Conference of the Committee of Ten called by the National Education Association in 1894, the only female member of any conference of the Committee of Ten.[2]

In 1899, she became the first female president of the American Philological Association.[1] From 1899 to 1901, Leach was president of the Association of Collegiate Alumnae which later became the American Association of University Women.


  1. ^ a b Briggs, Ward. Abby Leach (1855-1918). The Classical World, Vol. 90, No. 2/3 (Nov 1996 – Feb 1997), Six Women Classicists, pp. 97–105. 
  2. ^ National Education Association of the United States. Committee of Ten on Secondary School Studies (1894). Report of the Committee of Ten on Secondary School Studies: With the Reports of the Conferences Arranged by the Committee. National Educational Association. p. 3. Retrieved 2015-04-08. 

Further reading[edit]

  • National Education Association, Report of the Committee of Ten on Secondary School Studies: with the reports of the conferences arranged by the committee. New York: American Book Company, 1894.

External links[edit]

  • Abby Leach at the Database of Classical Scholars