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Gripton, James “Jim” Macpherson  

Mary Valentich

Jim Gripton’s 60-year career as clinician, administrator, educator, researcher, and social justice advocate is characterized by innovative contributions to social work education and practice. He promoted social work as a research-based profession, introduced computers to his students and practitioners, advanced doctoral education in Canada, and helped develop Canadian social work organizations. He also fostered the development of social work practice in sexual problems, identified sexism in social work career practices, and advocated for equity for women.

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Clark, Septima Poinsette  

Brenda K. J. Crawley

Septima Poinsetta Clark (1898–1987) is well-known for her citizenship schools, literacy training, voting and civil rights activism, and community, political, and social services.

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Asaga, Fusa  

Yomei Nakatani

Fusa Asaga (1894–1986) was a hospital social work pioneer in Japan. After finishing an MSW program in the United States, she returned to Japan and worked as a social worker in a hospital in Tokyo city. After World War II, she served as an officer of the Japanese government to develop a new child welfare system. She then took a teaching job as a social work professor. She also had been engaged in a variety of social action such as Japanese women’s suffrage and opposition to nuclear testing throughout her life.

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Washington, Forrester Blanchard  

Wilma Peebles-Wilkins

Forrester Blanchard Washington (1887–1963) was a social work educator. He was a strong proponent of the scientific method for professional training of social workers. He was an Urban League Fellow and director of the Atlanta University School of Social Work for 27 years.

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Namae, Takayuki  

Kana Matsuo

Takayuki Namae (1867–1957) was a Christian social worker and professor who contributed significantly to social welfare work, education, and policies in Japan before World War II. After his studies at the New York School of Philanthropy and Boston University, Namae returned to Japan in 1904, despite several struggles, where he became a commissioned officer for the Japanese government, responsible for the development of major social work programs. During this time, he visited the United States, the United Kingdom, Denmark, New Zealand, and other countries to study their approach to social work and policies, and thereafter, he introduced these good practices in Japan. Namae maintained a humanitarian view in his development of social work policies. He dedicated his life to solving social issues in urban areas, protecting women and children, and supporting the poor. Ultimately, Takayuki Namae pioneered the indigenization of social work in Japan.