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Dorothy Frances Canfield (1879-1958)

Dorothy Frances Canfield Fisher was considered by Eleanor Roosevelt to be "one of the ten most influential women in the United States." She was a writer of best-selling children's books, champion of adult education and the Montessori method, a strong supporter of the rights of women and racial equality. She earned a doctorate from Columbia Universit6 and was the first woman to earn an honorary degree from Dartmouth University. She also earned honorary degrees from the University of Nebraska, Middlebury College, Swarthmore College, Smith College, Williams College, Ohio State University, and the University of Vermont.

During World War I, she followed her husband to France in 1916, and while raising her young children in Paris, worked to establish a Braille press for blinded veterans. She also established a convalescent home for refugee French children from the invaded areas; continuing her relief work after the war, she earned citations of appreciation from Eleanor Roosevelt, Madame Chiang Kai-shek, and the government of Denmark. In 1919, she was appointed to the State Board of Education of Vermont to help improve rural public education.

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