Maud Nathan

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Maud Nathan
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Maud Nathan at the 1913 International Woman's Suffrage Conference, Budapest
Born (1862-10-20)October 20, 1862[1]
Died December 15, 1946(1946-12-15) [2]
Spouse(s) Fredrick Nathan.[3]

Maud Nathan (October 20, 1862 – December 15, 1946) was an American social worker, labor activist and suffragist for women's right to vote.[4]

Early life[edit]

She was born on October 20, 1862 to a New York Sephardic Jewish family. Her mother was Annie Augusta and her father was Robert Weeks Nathan.[5] She came from a prominent New York family, descended from Gershom Mendes Seixas, minister of New York's Congregation Sherith Israel during the American Revolutionary War.[6] Her sister was the author and education activist Annie Nathan Meyer, the founder of Barnard College. Her cousins are the poet Emma Lazarus and Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Cardozo. Her nephew was the author and poet Robert Nathan. Her and her family moved to Green Bay, Wisconsin for four years. Maud finished her high school education there. The family moved back to New York after the death of Maud's mother in 1878.

At the age of 17 Maud Nathan married Frederick Nathan, her first cousin.

The death of her daughter, Annette Florance Nathan, at the age of 8 brought out a change in Nathan. Josephine Shaw Lowell, founder of the New York Consumers League suggested that Nathan work up an interest in the issues of working women in New York City, as a way to get over the loss of her child. This was the initial start of Nathan's career in helping women.[7]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Jewish Women in America An Historical Encyclopedia edited by Paula E. Hyman and Deborah Dash Moore October 1997.
  2. ^ Jewish Women in America An Historical Encyclopedia edited by Paula E. Hyman and Deborah Dash Moore October 1997.
  3. ^ http://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/nathan-maud Jewish Women's Archive
  4. ^ Seymour “Sy” Brody. "Maud Nathan". Jewish Virtual Library. 
  5. ^ http://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/nathan-maud Jewish Women's Archive
  6. ^ Annie Nathan Meyer Papers, American Jewish Archives
  7. ^ http://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/nathan-maud Jewish Women's Archive

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