International Women’s Day: Jane Addams

Happy International Women’s Day, colleagues!

“The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.” – Jane Addams, sociologist, was the second woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

She founded the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom in 1919, and worked for many years to get the great powers to disarm and conclude peace agreements.

In the USA, Jane Addams worked to help the poor and to stop the use of children as industrial labourers. She ran Hull House in Chicago, a center which helped immigrants in particular.

During World War I, she chaired a women’s conference for peace held in the Hague in the Netherlands, and tried in vain to get President Woodrow Wilson of the USA to mediate peace between the warring countries. When the USA entered the war instead, Jane Addams spoke out loudly against this. She was consequently stamped a dangerous radical and a danger to US security.

Source: Nobel Prize.

Jane Addams, sociologist was also a Nobel Laureate
Image: Jane Addams [close up of Addams’ face, she is wearing a hat, with the quote above]