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Plan's Pioneering Women

The early days of Plan were influenced by several forward-thinking women. Learn more about these pioneering women of Plan below.

Katharine Marjory Ramsay

Katharine's wish to assist evacuated children, combined with John Langdon-Davies' child sponsorship idea, resulted in Plan's foundation.

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Esme Odgers

Esme Odgers was a Plan pioneer as the first field director. She directly helped hundreds of children caught up in the Spanish Civil War.

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Edna Blue

Edna Blue was a tireless campaigner for Plan's cause and recruited some of our very first sponsors including First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

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Gloria Matthews

Gloria Matthews helped expand Plan's global reach and became the organization’s first international executive director.

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Anna Freud

Anna Freud, daughter of Dr. Sigmund Freud, established the Plan-supported Hampstead Child Therapy Clinic and led a breakthrough in child care.

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