Today is Jane Addams’ 153rd birthday. Founder of Hull House in Chicago, IL, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931. Hull House, founded in 1889, provided child care, food, education and other services for the underprivileged, serving over 2,000 people a week by 1891. She has been called the country’s first social worker, though she is also known as a sociologist. In the years before women were allowed to vote in the country, she campaigned for women’s rights, claiming that without the vote women could not be full participants in helping to improve their communities.
In celebration of Jane Addams’ life, there’s a special doodle today at Google.
The Nobel Prize website has a full biography of Jane Addams’ life. Despite ill health and other challenges, she accomplished many things that still help to make this world a better place.