Who was Phoebe Hearst?
Celebrate Women's History Month by learning about school namesakes
Phoebe Elizabeth Apperson Hearst (December 3, 1842 – April 13, 1919) was an American philanthropist, feminist and women’s rights suffragist. She was the mother of newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst.
Along with Alice Birney, Phoebe Hearst contributed to the establishment of the National Congress of Mothers, which evolved eventually into the National Parent-Teacher Association.
She is one of many extraordinary women for whom an SCUSD school is named. Others include civil rights activist Rosa Parks, longtime state librarian Caroline Wenzel, suffragette Susan B. Anthony and Ethel I. Baker, who served as superintendent of the Fruit Ridge District for a staggering 37 years.
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