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Women in the late 19th century except in the few western states where they could vote were denied much of a role in the governing process Nonetheless educated the middle-class women saw themselves as a morally uplifting force and went on to be reformers Jane Addams opened the social settlement of Hull House in 1889 It offered an array of services to help the poor deal with slum housing disease crowding jobless infant mortality and environmental hazards For women who held jobs Hull House ran a day-car center and a boardinghouse Addams was only one of many early reformers to take up social work Jane Porter Barrett an African American founded the Locust Street Social Settlement in Hampton Virginia in 1890 Her settlement offered black women vital instruction in child care and in skills of a being a homemaker Lillian Wald a daughter of Jewish immigrants from New York City began a visiting- nurse service to reach those too poor to pay for doctors and hospitals Her Henry Street Settlement offered a host of vital services for immigrants and the poor Wald suggested the formation of a Federal Childrens Bureau By the end of the 19th century many women reformers focused on the need for state laws to restrict child labor Young children from poor families had to work late hours in mines and mills and were exploited by plant managers No state laws prevented the children from being overworked or abused One of the first to challenge the exploitation of orphaned or dependent children was Sophie Loeb a Jewish immigrant from Russia Once her father was deceased she watched the desperation of her mother as the family slipped into poverty As
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