Jane Addams

In 1889, with Ellen Gates Starr, Jane Addams founded Hull House in Chicago, one of the nation’s first settlement houses. It served as a community center for the poor and its success helped lead to the creation of hundreds of similar organizations in communities across the country. An active reformer throughout her career, Jane Addams was a leader in the women’s suffrage and pacifist movements. She was the first American woman to receive a Nobel Peace Prize in 1931.

Social issues Jane Addams addressed:

  • Immigrant homelessness, medical care, daycare, education, citizenship preparation
  • Voting rights for women
  • Education
  • Peace

Social issues that need to be addressed today:

  • In January 2014, there were 578,424 people experiencing homelessness on any given night in the United States. Of that number, 216,197 are people in families, and 362,163 are individuals. Source
  • Voter Turnout - Voter turnout dipped from 62.3 percent of eligible citizens voting in 2008 to an estimated 57.5 in 2012. That figure was also below the 60.4 level of the 2004 election but higher than the 54.2 percent turnout in the 2000 election. Despite an increase of over eight million citizens in the eligible population, turnout declined from 131 million voters in 2008 to an estimated 126 million voters in 2012 when all ballots are tallied. Some 93 million eligible citizens did not vote. Source

  • Education - The educational careers of 25 to 40 percent of American children are imperiled because they don't read well enough, quickly enough,  or easily enough. Source
  • Peace – Peace is needed in many communities and countries around the world – kids have an innate ability to promote peace. Source