Ellen Browning Scripps, 1836-1932

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Ellen Browning Scripps, San Diego Women's Hall of Fame, 2007

Ellen Browning Scripps created a newspaper empire with her brother and went on to become a philanthropist-activist for women and to improve San Diegans' lives. She founded the La Jolla Women's Club to expand women's public participation, and when women could not afford to join, she penned a note, "Please accept membership as a present from me...." She once discovered a homeless artist and commissioned him to make volumes of paintings. She provided for the worlds largest aviary for the new Balboa Park. Her contributions included the San Diego Community Welfare Building, the La Jolla playground (stipulating that it must be a free speech area), Scripps Memorial Hospital, and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. She was an advocate of women's suffrage and of women's burgeoning role in society. Her vision for a college ideally suited for women became Scripps Women's College in Claremont. When it opened in 1926, she was 90 years old, and she referred to the institution as her "new adventure." She was inducted into the San Diego Women's Hall of Fame in 2007 with the title of Trailblazer.

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