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Mission Book Possible #28

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We’ve officially surpassed 2,000 books in the database! We’ve created a fun way for readers to go on a sapphic book finding mission to get familiar with this new resource. Four prizes of a $15 Amazon gift card will be awarded in drawings on November 9, 16, 23, and 30. For complete rules, click here.


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Now let’s get to today’s history lesson: Helen Magill White

On November 28, 1853, Helen Magill White was born in Providence, Rhode Island, to a Quaker family. Her parents thought all their daughters ought to have the same education as boys.

The family moved to Boston in 1859 and Magill was the only female student enrolled in the Boston Public Latin School, where her father taught. In 1869, her father got a teaching job at Swarthmore College, in Pennsylvania. The school was founded by Quakers. Magill enrolled at the college as an undergraduate.

In 1877, Magill earned a Ph.D. in Greek from Boston University, making her the first woman to hold a Ph.D. in the United States.

She met Andrew D. White in 1887. The two corresponded while Magill taught at Brooklyn High School. The two married in 1890 and they had three children. Her husband served in diplomatic posts in St. Petersburg and Berlin, and she went with him.

Her husband died in 1918, and Magill lived in Ithaca, New York, before retiring to Kittery Point, Maine.

She died in 1944 at the age of ninety.

To honor Helen Magill White, we’re asking readers to go to the BookFinder and look up books in the following Archetype category: Student.

Find a book you haven’t read yet, or if you come across an old favorite, share it and tell us why. To enter the giveaway, share your entry in the Facebook group.

Remember, the more days you play, the more entries you’ll receive for the $15 Amazon gift card, so don’t forget to check back tomorrow for another Book Finding Mission.

Authors, if your books aren’t in the database yet, we highly recommend you submit them now. Here’s the form.

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