Jane Addams (1860-1936) - First American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. She was a leader in the Suffrage movement and co-founder (with Ellen Gates Starr) of Hull House, an institution set up in the poor neighborhood of Chicago to provide services for recent immigrants - such as daycare and classes in music and literature.
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. In 1931 she became the first American woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Three boys at Hull House in Chicago. Photograph from the Chicago Daily News. Want a copy of this photo? > Visit our Rights and Reproductions Department and give them this number: ICHi-01544 Connect with the Museum