Zonia Baber

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Mary Arizona "Zonia" Baber, born August 24, 1862, Clark County, Illinois (1862-1955) was an American geographer and geologist. She is best known for developing a method for teaching geography.[1]

Baber initially worked as a teacher of geography and as a principal in a private school.[2] She began working at the University of Chicago in 1895, and obtained her bachelor's degree there in 1904.

In 1898 Baber co-founded the Geographic Society of Chicago. She served as the President and was involved with the Society for 50 years.[3] In 1948 she received a lifetime achievement award.

Baber was also involved in social issues. She was considered a feminist, anti-racist, and anti-imperialist.[4] In 1926 she represented the women of Puerto Rico in the extension of suffrage to the country. She served as chairwoman of the Pan-American Committee of the International League for Peace and Freedom.[5]


  1. ^ Bailey, Martha J. (1994). American Women in Science:A Biographical Dictionary. ABC-CLIO, Inc. ISBN 0-87436-740-9. 
  2. ^ Marilyn Ogilvie and Joy Harvey, eds. (2000). The Biographical Dictionary of Women in Science. Great Britain: Routledge. pp. 65–66. ISBN 0-415-92038-8. 
  3. ^ Geographic Society of Chicago. "Our History". Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  4. ^ Monk, Janice (25 May 2008). "Practically all the geographers were women". Presentation at Society of Woman Geographers Triennial. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  5. ^ Photographs from the Records of the National Woman's Party. "Baber, Zonia". The Library of Congress, American Memory. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 

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