Jane Addams

By Kathleen Shepherd


Jane Addams was born in Cedarville, Illinois on September 6, 1980. She had 8 other siblings as well as a father who served as an officer in the Civil War and a friend of Abraham Lincoln. Addams attended the Rockford Female Seminary and graduated as valedictorian at 17 years. She then recieved her bachelors degree a year later after the school was changed to Rockford College for Women. After college, she decided to go to Europe to learn, read, and write. Her second tour of Europe led to the visit of a settlement house, inspiring her to start one in Chicago.

"We stand today united in a belief in beauty, genius, and courage, and that these can transform the world." -Jane Addams

10 Facts

1. Established The Hull House, a settlement house that offered Classes, meetings, clubs, and courses

2. Appointed to Chicago Board of Education in 1905 and then made Chairman of the School Management Committee

3. Published the book Newer Ideals of Peace, a book about ridding of the war

4. First woman to receive the honorary degree from Yale University

5. Spoke against America's entry into the First World War

6. Assisted Herbert Hoover by supplying food to women and children of enemy nations

7. Published Peace and Bread in Time of War in 1922 about her help with the needy

8. Raised money and publicly spoke about the needs of the community

9. Led investigations on health and well being of conditions and supplies

10. Served as president of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom until 1929