April 19, 2018
Alice Salomon’s 146th Birthday
Today we celebrate the 146th birthday of German feminist, educator, economist and activist, Alice Salomon.
As was the norm in the late 19th century, Salomon was deterred from pursuing formal education, but she persevered becoming one of the first women in Germany to earn a doctorate degree. Her doctorate essay focused on pay inequalities between men and women.
Salomon is best known for her work in formalizing social work as an academic discipline. She pioneered the idea of social work education, founding the Social Women's School, and the German Academy for Women's Social and Educational Work.
In the years preceding the Second World War, Salomon relocated to the US, where she continued her research and social activism as President of the International Women's Federation and the International Association of Schools of Social Work.
The German government honoured her contribution to society by issuing a postage stamp in her memory in 1989.
Today's Doodle, by guest artist Thomke Meyer, pays tribute to her legacy as an educator, researcher and social activist. Happy Birthday, Alice!
Early drafts of the Doodle below