Google Doodle celebrating the 153rd birthday of Jane Addams.
Jane Addams was one of the best known social justice activists of the early 20th century. A suffragette, she emphasized the importance of women in creating positive communities. Jane also advocated for children, immigrants, ethnic minorities, and workers. Jane pioneered the settlement movement, founding Hull House in Chicago, the US’s first settlement house. Hull House provided education for adults and children, as well as social and artistic programming. Jane fought for better sanitation programs and against government corruption. Her work influenced social reformers worldwide and contributed to the development of professional social work. Jane was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931 for her work promoting the preservation of peace worldwide.
For more information: Stuff You Missed in History Class's recent two part podcast on Jane Addams.
Don’t miss our fellow HowStuffWorks lady podcasters Holly and Tracy’s two-parter on Jane Addams to learn more.