Jean Gordon (1865 - 1932)
Jean and her sister Kate Gordon (1861-1932) were significant social reformers and suffragists. Focusing her life on social service, Jean worked to help get the Child Labor Act of 1906 passed. A clause in the act allowed women to become factory inspectors and she was the first woman to hold that position. Her concern for the plight of children and the mentally challenged led her to become president of the Milne Asylum for Destitute Orphan Girls, where she established a model home-school for the care and vocational education of the mentally handicapped. She also helped establish daycare for working mothers and directed the Louisiana State Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Her sister Kate is better-known as a suffragist. In 1896 she founded the ERA Club to work for Womens suffrage. She spoke at the National American Woman Suffrage Association convention in 1900, led the Louisiana state suffrage association from 1904-1913, and influenced the Democratic National Convention of 1916 to endorse suffrage on their platform.