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date: 02 June 2020

Clarenbach, Kathrynlocked

(07 October 1920–04 March 1994)
  • Carol F. Cini

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Clarenbach, Kathryn (07 October 1920–04 March 1994), women's rights activist and educator, women’s rights activist and educator, was born Kathryn Dorothy Frederick in Sparta, Wisconsin. Her father, Alexander Ernst Frederick, a Methodist minister, attorney, and state probation officer, served in the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1913 to 1916. Her mother, Nina Vivian Hubbell, a high school graduate and a teacher before marriage, became a member of the local school board in the early 1920s. Kathryn Frederick and her three brothers were thus raised by parents who had both served in public office. She graduated from Sparta High School at the age of sixteen as the valedictorian of her class. Although her father urged her to major in education during college, she earned degrees in political science (B.A. 1941, M.A. 1942, Ph.D. 1946) from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where, as she recalled, there were no female faculty in her department at the time. From 1942 to 1944 she worked in civil service for the War Production Board in Washington, D.C....

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