Jane Addams Essay

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Have you ever wonder what women did during the 19th century? Did they work, or did they just going shopping? I am here to inform you, the reader, about the lives of these women. Jane Addams was born on September 6, 1860 and died on May 21, 1935. She graduated valedictorian of a class of seventeen and for the next 6 years of her life she would be studying about health but had to cut it short because of her own health problems. After getting better, she financed a home with her friend Ellen and began making speeches about the needs of their neighborhood, took care of children, listened to people when they had no one else and nursed the sick. From doing all these good deeds, in 1905, she was appointed Board of Education in Chicago and made Chairman if the school management committee. She also became the first women president of the National Conference of Charities and Corrections. In 1910, she received the first honorary degree ever to be awarded to a woman by Yale University. Addams was a very dedicated feminist of philosophy. She believed women should be able to have their voices heard by legislation and thus have the right to vote, but more complete she thought women should generate desires and such for opportunities to realize them. In 1906, she gave lectures at the University of Wisconsin summer session which she she published her next book, Newer Ideals of Peace. She spoke of peace in 1913 at a ceremony celebrating the building of the Peace Palace at The Hague. An American organization called Women’s Peace Party made Addams the head chairman 1915. The press attacked Miss Addams and was removed from the Daughters of the American Revolution, but she found an outlet for her humanitarian urges as an assistant to Herbert Hoover in providing reassurance supplies of food to the women and children of the enemy nations, which is told in her book called Peace and Bread in Time of War written in 1922.