Jane Addams

By Sarah Spickler


Jane Addams is mostly famous for opening the Hull House. Her and Ellen Gates Starr opened it September 1889. Jane came from a wealthy family and used her money to protect immigrants at the Hull House and strived for world peace. The Hull House provided daycare for working mothers and classes such as English literature, art, and other subjects taught by the staff. The staff consisted of well educated women. Hull House women began doing sociological studies of the neighborhoods around them. They also convinced Illinois to pass laws such as child labor laws and laws protecting women and children.

"True peace is not merely the absence of war, it is the presence of justice." -Jane Addams

10 Facts

  1. Jane moved into the Hull House in 1889 and lived there the rest of her life.
  2. Her father was a state senator for sixteen years.
  3. Studied in Europe for twenty one months while traveling.
  4. Got the idea for the Hull House while traveling Europe for the second time.
  5. She was in medical school but left due to her health.
  6. Was the second women to ever receive the peace prize.
  7. Her father was friends with Abraham Lincoln.
  8. She never got married.
  9. Was on Chicago's Board of Education.
  10. Was the first women president of the National Conference of Charities and Corrections.