Historical Who is Who

ADDAMS, Jane

1860 - 1936
United States
PHILOSOPHY

Lifelong campaigner for women’s interests, education and social care provision. Inspired by writings of Charles Dickens and Tolstoy, as also by seeing the work of Toynbee Hall in London’s East End, she set about creating Hull-House - an equivalent educational facility and support agency for immigrant settlers in Chicago. From 1889 for over 40 years this was a continuing claim on her energies. Her leadership capacities in the cause of women’s political rights were recognised in her becoming Chair of the International Congress of Women. Though to do so was politically contentious she also campaigned against any national involvement in World War 1. She wrote extensively in defence of practical social action.

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Video

The Life and Work of Jane Addams (6 mins) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tw4GZeABlNI

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