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Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander

February 1, 2010

Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander (January 2, 1898 – November 1, 1989) was the first African American woman to receive a Ph.D. in the United States (from Penn, in Economics), the first woman to receive a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and was the first National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.  She hails from the incredible Mossell family that has many other accomplished members who were the first blacks in their field.

For additional information, see the following:  WikipediaLife TimelineAlmanac ArticleUniversity Archives.

Ruthie Hubbard
COL ’12

4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 4, 2010 3:00 pm

    true. didn’t know B. thanks for the update.

  2. Camille Charles permalink
    February 6, 2010 5:25 pm

    Love this post! I used to pass Dr. Alexander’s portrait every day in the McNeil Building as an Assistant Professor. The caption told of her being the first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. in Economics. She was my inspiration through tenure, and continues to hold a special place in my heart.


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