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When you think of one of the greats when it came to the progressive era many names may come to mind You can name the Leaders of the country or the common citizen fighting for their rights Jane Addams was a monumental inspiration to other greats in history because of her efforts in womens rights and civic responsibility She won worldwide recognition as a pioneer social worker in America a feminist and as an internationalist whether by improving settlement houses or leading groups organized to help persons of all ages Cedarville Illinois was where Jane Addams was born in the year 1860 to her father and mother Her father who served as a state senator for 16 years was a friend of Abraham Lincoln in his time Valedictorian of her Class in 1881 from The Rockford Female Seminary there was no doubt that whatever career she pursued she would succeed At first she wanted to go into the medical profession but gave up the dream after she fell ill and could not continue her studies At age twenty-seven she visited a settlement house known as Toynbee Hall at Londons east end This visit helped finalize her idea of opening a similar house in and underprivileged area of Chicago She put her ideas into reality as she along with Ellen Star leased a large home from Charles Hull The purpose of the Hull House was to provide a center for a higher civic and social life to institute and maintain educational and Philanthropic enterprises and to investigate and improve the conditions in the industrial districts of Chicago To raise money for her cause she made speeches about the needs of the neighborhood which helped raise awareness that her cause was in need of support to help children and families that needed it the most By convincing young women of well-to-do families to help she gained even more respect for her cause Addams took on
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