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Woodsmall, Ruth Franceslocked

(20 September 1883–25 May 1963)
  • Margaret Ross Jessup


Woodsmall, Ruth Frances (20 September 1883–25 May 1963), Young Women's Christian Association executive and international women's rights advocate, Young Women’s Christian Association executive and international women’s rights advocate, was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the daughter of the Reverend Harrison S. Woodsmall, a lawyer, and Mary Elizabeth Howes, an art teacher. She grew up in Indiana, then attended Franklin College and Indiana University and was awarded her bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska in 1905. After receiving her master’s degree in German from Wellesley College in 1906, she did additional graduate study at Columbia and the Heidelberg University in Germany. From 1906 to 1917 she taught English and German in high schools in Ouray and Pueblo, Colorado; Reno, Nevada; and Colorado Springs....

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