Women’s History Month: focus on Jane Addams

Jane Addams [1860-1935]

–Founder of the Settlement House Movement in the United States.

–Established Hull House in an abandoned Chicago mansion. It offered medical services, child care, legal aid, clubs, and classes to teach English, vocational skills, music, and drama.

–Elected as first president of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom in 1919.

–She also founded the American Civil Liberties Union.

–Wrote several books including the well-known memoir Twenty Years at Hull House [1910]

In 1931, she was the first American woman awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.


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