Profile of the Day: Jane Addams

Posted September 6, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Jane Addams

Jane Addams

On this day in 1860, social activist Jane Addams was born in Cedarville, Illinois. A leader in social reform, women’s suffrage and world peace, Addams was the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931.

Addams was the youngest of eight children born to a prominent Illinois family. Her father, John Addams, was a prosperous businessman and served as a state senator. He was a founding member of the Illinois Republican Party and a friend of President Abraham Lincoln.

In 1889, Addams co-founded Hull House, a settlement house in Chicago which provided community services for the local immigrant and poor populations. The Hull House provided childcare, education courses, a public kitchen and other social service programs to help the city’s impoverished community. It also proved to be a space for unexpected cultural connections and diversity. Today, Addams is recognized as the founder of the social work profession in the United States.

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