Constance AmbergSporborg

For Constance Amberg Sporborg, knowledge was power: she spent decades educating women about their choices, from immigrants at Ellis Island to voters at the ballot boxes. Sporborg began volunteering at a settlement house at age fifteen, got a BS in languages from the University of Cincinnati in 1901, and moved to New York, where she continued working with settlement houses. From 1916–1921 she served as New York president of the National Council of Jewish Women, then became national president in 1926. During that time, NCJW posted a representative on Ellis Island to tell Jewish women about their options and protect them from pimps. Among her many civic activities, Sporborg chaired the women’s exhibit at the 1933 World’s Fair and headed the women’s delegation to the Pan-American Conference in Lima, Peru in 1938. She also served as president of New York’s Federation of Women’s Clubs and wrote handbooks for women on congressional procedures, legislation, and voting. From 1946–1949 she served on the US National Committee for UNESCO, and in 1946 became an accredited observer representing women’s groups to the UN.

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From her work with the National Council of Jewish Women to the United Nations, Constance Sporborg devoted her energies to bettering the lives of women throughout the world.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Constance Amberg Sporborg." (Viewed on July 22, 2019) <https://jwa.org/people/sporborg-constance>.

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