Jane Addams

Sociologist, Organization founder

1860 – 1935

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Who was Jane Addams?

Jane Addams was a pioneer settlement social worker, public philosopher, sociologist, author, and leader in women's suffrage and world peace. In an era when presidents such as Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson identified themselves as reformers and social activists, Addams was one of the most prominent reformers of the Progressive Era. She helped turn the US to issues of concern to mothers, such as the needs of children, public health, and world peace. She said that if women were to be responsible for cleaning up their communities and making them better places to live, they needed the vote to be effective in doing so. Addams became a role model for middle-class women who volunteered to uplift their communities. She is increasingly being recognized as a member of the American pragmatist school of philosophy. In 1931 she became the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and is recognized as the founder of the social work profession in the United States.

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Born
Sep 6, 1860
Cedarville
Also known as
  • Dr. Jane Addams
  • Laura Jane Addams
Parents
Siblings
Religion
  • Presbyterianism
Ethnicity
  • English American
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Rockford University
    ( - 1881)
Lived in
  • Cedarville
Died
May 21, 1935
Chicago
Resting place
Jane Addams Burial Site

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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