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Name:    Stevens, Josephine
Category:  African-American Experience, Education
Description:    Josephine Stevens and Carrie Bowles were two African -American teachers who founded the Booklovers Club in 1907, which was formed to study a variety of topics. The Club which began with eight members, grew to twenty-five within five years. As with many similar women´s clubs, the original stated goal was only to study. Topics included anthropology, sociology, sculpture, and opera.

During World War II the Booklovers Club took on a more visible role in social activism. They protested defense contractors denying jobs to black women and supported the March on Washington Movement. Stevens was also active in the League of Women Voters and the Phyllis Wheatley Branch of the Young Women´s Christian Association.

In Her Place: A Guide to St. Louis Women's History



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