This Week’s Women in History Profile: Jane Addams

Jane Addams (1860–1935) considered to be the “mother” of American social work, a founder of the NAACP, a champion of women’s suffrage, an antiwar crusader and winner of the 1931 Nobel Peace Prize. Addams carved out a new way for women to become influential in public affairs. In 1889 she founded Hull House in Chicago’s immigrant slums. The women at Hull House took care of children, nursed the sick and offered kindergarten and evening classes for immigrant adults.