A young Jane Addams
A young Jane Addams
 
 
Hull House in Chicago, Illinois
Hull House in Chicago, Illinois
 
 
Jane Addams serving soup at Hull House
Jane Addams serving soup at Hull House
 
 
Jane Addams with some children at Hull House
Jane Addams with some children at Hull House
 
 
Addams in a car
Addams in a car
 
 
Jane Addams in later years
Jane Addams in later years
 
Addams, Jane<br>Equal Rights
Topic(s):   Famous People (U.S.), Women (U.S.)
Quick Facts
Full Name Laura Jane Addams
Born September 6, 1860 (Cedarville, Illinois)
Died May 21, 1935 (Chicago, Illinois)
Nationality American
Occupation(s) social worker, author
Major Achievement(s) founder of Hull House and the U.S. Settlement House Movement; winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

Jane believed in peace. She believed that everyone should get fair treatment. Everyone should get the help they needed.

Jane Addams was born to an upper-class family. She was well educated, but often ill. While on a trip to Europe, she visited a settlement house. She and her friend, Ellen Gates Starr, decided to start a settlement house in the U.S. They rented the Hull mansion. It was an old house in a poor area of Chicago. Addams worked to make life better for those in the neighborhood. She listened to troubled people. She helped others get jobs. Hull House had classes for children and adults. It had a public kitchen, a gym, and a pool. It offered child care, medical care, and legal aid to poor people.

Jane Addams cared for all kinds of people. She wanted laws to help women and children. She fought for laws to help immigrants and black people. Jane was for women’s right to vote. She was against war. She was a founder of the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union).

All of this made some people mad. Others thought she was wonderful. She was the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize (1931).

Resource information

Jane Addams | Biography, Significance, Hull House, & Books. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.britannica.com/biography/Jane-Addams

Jane Addams. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.biography.com/people/jane-addams-9176298

Jane Addams. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.nwhm.org/education-resources/biographies/jane-addams

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