Emily Greene Balch was born on January 8, 1867 in Jamaica Plain (now Boston), Massachusetts. She was the daughter of Francis Balch and Ellen Noyes who were Unitarians who raised their six children to high moral standards. As a young girl, she attended Miss Catherine Ireland’s School in Boston, and in 1889 was part of the first graduating class at Bryn Mawr College with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Balch came to contact with sociology during her undergraduate years in Bryn Mawr where she studied it with Frank Giddings. She spent a year in independent study about sociology. She also received social work training from Jacob Riis in New York City. In 1889, Balch was awarded Bryn Mawr’s highest honour, the European Fellowship, which she used to study economics at the Sorbonne in Paris under Emile Levasseur. The results of her research on public relief for the poor in France were published as Public Assistance of the Poor on France in 1893. On her return to Boston in 1891, Balch worked as social worker with as a group of social reformers and sociologists. Her fieldwork in Boston and her reforming activities, alongside this group, which Emily called the “Bostonian aristocracy of goodness and public spirit” taught her how to address social problems....
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...eyond Nationalism”, Balch showed a strong sense of realism by advocating a gradual and pluralistic approach. She believed in the development of international unity, while recognizing that a world government could only be developed gradually. Apart from well over a hundred articles on women, labour, and social settlement, another genre of Balch’s writings included pamphlets, petitions, and policy recommendation including: “The Miracle of Living”, a book of poems in 1941, and The Social Thought of Emily Greene Balch in 1972.
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