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Ms. Sonia Schorr Sloan received her Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University in 1949. Upon graduation she went to Jefferson Medical College to pursue a Master of Science degree in Microbiology, where she became the first woman to receive any degree from the University. From Jefferson Ms. Sloan went to teach in the Department of Microbiology at Temple Medical School for two years before being hired as the first woman to work in the Central Research Department at DuPont. From the 1950s onward Ms. Sloan has been involved with a variety of community and political organizations, many of them focused on civil rights, civil liberties, and the empowerment of women. For example, she has served as the President of the Board of Planned Parenthood of Delaware, the YWCA Delaware’s Development Director, and a founding member of the Delaware chapter of the ACLU. She has also been on the founding Boards of the Delaware Financial Literacy Institute, Wellness Community, Public Allies Delaware, Agenda for Delaware Women, and ACLU of Delaware.

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Jefferson Medical College, alumni, women, oral histories, microbiology, DuPont, Delaware, ACLU, Planned Parenthood


History of Science, Technology, and Medicine | Oral History


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Oral history was edited by Kelsey Duinkerken, February 2015


Interview was conducted by Kelsey Duinkerken with Sonia Sloan on February 6, 2015

Sonia Schorr Sloan