Sunday, October 2, 2016

October 2 - Jane Addams

Jane Addams

Jane Addams is considered the founder of America's social work profession. She was a pioneering leader in women's suffrage, working as an author, activist, speaker, and philosopher, co-founding Hull House in 1889, a "community of university women" which provided social and educational opportunities for working class people; and later co-founding the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) in 1920. She was a leader of the Women's Peace Party and president of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), speaking out frequently against war and advocating for pacifism. In 1931, Addams became the first American woman (and second woman ever) to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In addition to reforming modern sociology, her writings and speeches as a peace advocate are credited with influencing the shape of the United Nations

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