Jane Addams was born in Cedarville, Illinois in 1860. In her adult life, she lived in Chicago, Illinois.
This was the home Jane Addams had lived in
Jane Addams had attended school at Rockford. Jane often attended chapel, bible studies, prayer meetings, and church on Sunday. There were monthly fast days, a week of prayer every January, and the two evening study periods were separated by a period of personal prayer that she frequently participated in.
This was where she had learned all her Christian teachings; Rockford
Involvement in Social justice
Jane Addams co-founded one of the first settlements in the United States, the Hull House in Chicago, Illinois, in 1889. The Hull House services include child care, educational courses, an art gallery, a public kitchen and several other social programs. Addams was named a co-winner of the 1931 Nobel Peace Prize. She also served as the first female president of the National Conference of Social Work, established the National Federation of Settlements and served as president of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.
Addams was reading to children at Hull House
Changing the world
Addams was a strong believer in peace and often shared her thought on this subject to crowds of women. After WW1 Addams become the president of the Women's peace party, with the help of 3 other women, Jane created a report on the social treatment of women. In an attempt to end war, she became president of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom from 1919 to 1929. For her efforts, she shared the 1931 Nobel Peace Prize with Nicholas Murray Butler, an educator and presidential advisor.
Violence vs. Peace
Throughout Jane's life, she fought for peace, not only for women but for all people. She was a pacifist and a social reformer. The wars going on in the world troubled her deeply. She believed that the act of war was saddening to Christ, she wanted world peace.
Jane Addams struggled with her health since she was a girl but at the age of 74 she died from a heart attack in her home in Chicago, Illinois. She left a legacy of being a pioneer in the field of social work and one of the nations leading pacifists.
America's future will be determined by the home and the school. The child becomes largely what he is taught; hence we must watch what we teach, and how we live.