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Deegan, Mary Jo. 2001. “Minnie F. Low.” Pp. 520-522 in Women Building Chicago 1790-1990: A Biographical Dictionary, edited by Rima Lunin Schultz and Adele Hast. Bloomington, IN; Indiana University Press.


Copyright 2001 Mary Jo Deegan


Minnie Low was a leader among the Chicago women who worked in social reform and social service between 1890 and 1920. Low was born in New York City, the second child of six in a Jewish family. Her parents' names, occupations, and country of birth are unknown. When she was ten years old, the family moved to Chicago, where she finished elementary school. She attended South Division High School for less than a year and left school because she was in poor health.

Low's first recorded job was as HANNAH SOLOMON's secretary, when Solomon was organizing the Jewish Women's Congress for the Parliament of Religions at the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893. Low may have been working with Solomon as early as 1891. At that time Solomon began to send correspondence about the congress to women throughout the country. Under Solomon's leadership, the Jewish Women's Congress formed a permanent organization, the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW).