jane-addams

Jane Addams, 1860-1935

Jane Addams, 1860-1935

Jane Addams, 1860-1935
Born in Cedarville, Illinois, Jane Addams dedicated her wealth, education, and faith to uplift people in need. After graduating from Rockford (Illinois) Female Seminary in 1881, she entered the ranks of the “New Women,” college-educated and ready to exert their independence. In the midst of growing industrialism, urban living conditions were becoming crowded and unsanitary. After viewing a settlement house in London’s East End supporting poor industrial workers, Addams committed herself to helping American industrial workers. In 1889, she founded Hull House on Chicago’s West Side, the first of its kind in America, that offered day care, classes, and job training and placement. Addams also helped found the National Child Labor Committee that helped pass the Federal Child Labor Law in 1916. She established a school of social work in Chicago, was the first female president of the National Conferences of Charities and Corrections, served as an officer in the National American Woman’s Suffrage Association (NAWSA), and was a co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). As a pacifist, she founded the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. In 1931 Addams became the first woman to be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.

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  1. Jane Addams, 1860-1935
    Born in Cedarville, Illinois, Jane Addams dedicated her wealth, education, and faith to uplift people in need. After graduating from Rockford (Illinois) Female Seminary in 1881, she entered the ranks of the “New Women,” college-educated and ready to exert their independence. In the midst of growing industrialism, urban living conditions were becoming crowded and unsanitary. After viewing a settlement house in London’s East End supporting poor industrial workers, Addams committed herself to helping American industrial workers. In 1889, she founded Hull House on Chicago’s West Side, the first of its kind in America, that offered day care, classes, and job training and placement. Addams also helped found the National Child Labor Committee that helped pass the Federal Child Labor Law in 1916. She established a school of social work in Chicago, was the first female president of the National Conferences of Charities and Corrections, served as an officer in the National American Woman’s Suffrage Association (NAWSA), and was a co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). As a pacifist, she founded the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. In 1931 Addams became the first woman to be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.

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