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JANE ADDAMS Jane Addams is known for Hull House located in Chicago IL While this isnt her only contribution to society during her life this is the one contribution that has probably made the biggest impact on society Jane became interested in social issues when she went on a trip to England with two college friends She was exposed to the poverty that was all around Englands East End Also while she was in England her and her friends came across Toynbee Hall which was a settlement house that was used by students from Oxford and Cambridge to teach workingmen After returning to Chicago Jane and her friend Ellen Gates Starr decided to start looking into the possibilities of starting a settlement house in the run-down streets of Chicago When they finally decided on a house it was named the Hull House Jane Addams also was concerned with the issues of establishing a juvenile court system and womens suffrage She was also involved with the peace movement by becoming an important advocate of internationalism She became interested in the peace movement during World War I by participating in the International Congress of Women She was very opposed to World War II and worked through the Womens Peace Party which later became the Womens International League for Peace and Freedom She was the WILPFs first president Because of her work as the president of this organization she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931 The main reason that she backed womens suffrage was because she believed that the womens votes would provide the margin necessary to pass the social legislations that she was in favor of Because of her hard work the Progressive party adopted a lot of her ideas to their platform in 1912 along with establishing a juvenile court system Jane Addams was born on September 6 1860 in Cedarville Illinois to a wealthy family Her mother died when she was
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