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Josephine Jewell Dodge

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Josephine Jewell Dodge February 11, 1855 – March 6, 1928 was an American educator, an early leader of the day nursery movement, and an anti-suffrage activist


  • 1 Early life and education
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Personal life
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Early life and educationedit

Josephine Marshall Jewell was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1855 Her father, Marshall Jewell, was Governor of Connecticut and United States Postmaster General, among other government posts Josephine Jewell left Vassar College without a degree in 1873 to accompany her father to St Petersburg, Russia, when he was serving as a diplomat there1


Josephine Jewell Dodge sponsored the Virginia Day Nursery in New York City, a facility intended to provide child care to working mothers on the Lower East Side2 Her program developed in 1888 to become the Jewell Day Nursery, which had a greater educational component3 Dodge demonstrated her methods at the Columbian Exposition in 1893,4 and in 1895 she was founder and first president of the Association of Day Nurseries of New York City By 1898 she was president of the National Federation of Day Nurseries1

Headquarters of NAOWS, led by Josephine Jewell Dodge

Dodge's anti-suffrage activities occupied her later career In 1911, she helped found and became president of the National Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage,5 a post she held for six years; she also edited the organization's publication, "Woman's Protest" She was the target of a verbal attack at a 1915 "riot" between suffrage and anti-suffrage activists in Washington D C6 That same year, she spoke against suffrage in New Jersey, saying "The life of the average woman is not so ordered as to give her first hand knowledge of those things which are the essentials of sound governmentShe is worthily employed in other departments of life, and the vote will not help her fulfill her obligations therein"7 She countered accusations that anti-suffrage activists were supported by "liquor interests" in hopes of preventing prohibition8

A variety of rose was named for Mrs Dodge, grown especially to decorate tables at an anti-suffrage meeting in New York's Hotel Astor9

Personal lifeedit

Josephine Jewell married Arthur Murray Dodge, son of Congressman William E Dodge, in 187510 They had six sons together; their son Pliny died in 1889, as a small child; the other five sons lived to adulthood11 Josephine was widowed when Arthur died in 189412 She died in Cannes, France, in 1928, and was buried in Simsbury, Connecticut13

Some of Dodge's letters as a college student are archived in the Special Collections library at Vassar College14

Her nieces by marriage included philanthropist Grace Hoadley Dodge and pro-suffrage social hostess Mary Melissa Hoadley Dodge, both daughters of William E Dodge, Jr1


  1. ^ a b c "Josephine Marshall Jewell Dodge" in Edward T James, Janet Wilson James, and Paul S Boyer, eds, Notable American Women, 1607-1950, A Biographical Dictionary, vol 2 Harvard University Press 1971: 492-493 ISBN 9780674627345
  2. ^ Susan Goodier, No Votes for Women: The New York State Anti-Suffrage Movement University of Illinois Press 2013: 30 ISBN 9780252094675
  3. ^ L P S, "The Late Mrs Arthur M Dodge" New York Times March 16, 1928: 16
  4. ^ "Child Care" in Alice O'Connor, ed, Poverty in the United States: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics and Policy ABC-CLIO 2004: 152 ISBN 9781576075975
  5. ^ "Low Cut Gowns and High Morals Suffrage and Sex; Mrs Arthur M Dodge Tells Women Decent Dress is More Important than Votes" The Courier May 11, 1913: 1 via Newspaperscom
  6. ^ "Near Riot When Suffragists and Antis Meet at Hearing Before Democratic Committee" Washington Herald December 8, 1915: 1 via Newspaperscom
  7. ^ "Woman Suffrage Battle Opens in New Jersey As Antis Unlimber Big Guns; Monster Mass Meeting Held in Trenton" Chatham Press May 29, 1915: 7 via Newspaperscom
  8. ^ "Mrs Dodge Charges A Poison-Pen Plot; Declares Suffragists, with Endless Chain Postals, Are Repeating Liquor Attacks" New York Times October 30, 1916: 9
  9. ^ "Anti-Suffrage Rose Named 'Mrs Dodge'; Rich New Flower Graces Each Table at Brilliant Cafe Dansant and Tableaux" New York Times April 6, 1915: 4
  10. ^ "A Social Event: Marriage of Miss Josephine M Jewell and Mr Arthur M Dodge" New York Times October 7, 1875: 1
  11. ^ "Murray W Dodge, Banking Executive" Brooklyn Daily Eagle December 7, 1937: 11 via Newspaperscom
  12. ^ "Notable Birthdays Today" Asheville Citizen-Times February 11, 1917: 4 via Newspaperscom
  13. ^ "Mrs Arthur M Dodge, Former Josephine Jewell, Foe of Woman Suffrage, Dies in France" New York Times March 7, 1928: 25
  14. ^ Guide to the Josephine Jewell Dodge Papers, 1873-1874, Archives and Special Collections, Vassar College

External linksedit

  • Photograph of children at the Jewell Day Nursery in New York City, 1999, in the New York Public Library Digital Collections

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