Katherine Philips Edson

Deceased Person

1870 – 1933


Who was Katherine Philips Edson?

Katherine Philips Edson was an American social worker and feminist, born at Kenton, Ohio, and educated in private schools. She married Charles Farwell Edson and moved to Antelope Valley, California and later moved to Los Angeles in 1899.

Katherine Edson was an important figure in California's Progressive Party during the early part of the twentieth Century. She had an active role in many different reform movements, centering around women's issues. These included a wide variety of issues, including regulation of milk production, helping to add women's suffrage to the state constitution, enactment of fair wage laws, and activism in international disarmament.

As Executive Officer of California's Industrial Welfare Commission, Katherine Philips Edson led a study of the cost of living that was published in 1919.

From 1910 to 1916 she was a member of the State Board of the California Federation of Women's Clubs. She was responsible for the minimum wage bill which the California Legislature passed in 1913. She was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1920. In 1921, she became a member of the advisory committee of the Conference on the Limitation of Armaments.

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Jan 12, 1870
  • United States of America
Nov 5, 1933

on July 23, 2013


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