Jane Addams (1860-1935) Anyone who's been helped by a social worker has Jane Addams to thank. In grimy, late 19th century Chicago, she invented the idea of "settlement houses" - some of the first social service organizations. They offered night classes for adults, a kindergarten, a coffeehouse, a gym, & social groups meant to create a sense of community and agency among downtrodden and struggling people. Hull House served more than 2,000 people every week.
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.