Grace C. Bibb

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Grace C. Bibb (1842–1912) was a feminist and philosopher. She was part of the push for equality between the sexes, as well as an advocate for women's rights, access to higher education, expansion in employment opportunities, a right to equal pay, and a woman's right to vote. She was appointed Dean at the Normal College despite the fact that women were not at that time allowed to attend the College. In her position at the Normal College, Bibb pushed that women be allowed into the College of Education. She later pushed for women to be allowed into all other University departments.


Bibb was the first female appointed a deanship at Normal School aka College of Education, University of Missouri.[1] She served as head of the Normal School from 1878 to 1883. Under her leadership women were first allowed into Normal College then all other University departments.[1] She married Thomas Sudborough in 1884 and moved to Nebraska.[2]

She was part of the earlier feminist movement and incorporated feminist ideas in her work, including as a frequent contributor to the Western Review and the Journal of Education.[2]


  • St. Louis Hegelian Circle- translated the work of Rosenkranz and appeared in Journal of Speculative Philosophy. Bibb and her female Colleagues could not join the Society but could attend meetings and contribute articles and translations to the Journal of Speculative Philosophy. Other well known female philosophers attending meetings included Susan Blow, Anna Brackett and Maretta Kies.[2]


  • 1873 "Women as Teachers". Journal of Education 2:12:225.
  • 1875 "Lady Macbeth: a Study in Character". the Western Review 1:287.
  • 1875 "Avenues into which our Work Leads Us". the Western Review 1: 731.
  • 1880 "Education of the Public as to Normal School Education ". Education 1: 574.
  • 1880 "Normal Departments in State Universities". Address to the National Education Association.


  1. ^ a b Stephens, Frank. "A History of The University of Missouri". University of Missouri Press.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help);
  2. ^ a b c d Rogers, Dorothy G. (2005) America’s First Women Philosophers Transplanting Hegel, 1860-1925 New York:Continuum

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