Jane Addams

Women Rights Activist , Anti-War Activist , Philanthropist

Early Life

  • Jane Addams, known prominently for her work as a social reformer, pacifist and feminist during the late 19th and early 20th centuries
  • Born on September 6, 1860, in Cedarville, Illinois

Professional Experience

  • (1860–1935) can be labeled the first woman “public philosopher” in United States history.
  • known for her pioneering work in the social settlement movement
  • Hull-House opened in 1889. Among its offerings were classes on Shakespeare, classical music concerts, and discussions of fine art.

Major Accomplishments

  • In addition to her work at the Hull House, Addams began serving on Chicago's Board of Education in 1905, later chairing its the School Management Committee.
  • Five years later, in 1910, she became the first female president of the National Conference of Charities and Corrections (later renamed the National Conference of Social Work).
  • Newer Ideals of Peace, published in 1907
  • After World War I began, Addams became chair of the Women's Peace Party.


  • She found the inspiration that would lead her to fight for the rights of children, help the poor, and become the first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • Its founder and director, despite poor health, was the inspiration and fighting force behind a score of movements for reform and the betterment of mankind. Of all the causes she espoused, the dearest to her heart was the cause of disarmament and peace.

Solution or Plan of Action

  • She was a activist and created the hull house as well as peace meetings
  • The Hull House charter read that it was "to provide a center for a higher civic and social life; to institute and maintain educational and philanthropic enterprises, and to investigate and improve the conditions in the industrial districts of Chicago

Hull House

The organizations that she started tried to equalize the inequality between people and educate them on things they had in common as well as the qualities that made them unique; because she believed that the "things that make men like are finer and better than the things that keep them apart"